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Skydive and support Norfolk’s bereaved children

Written by  Sophie Berry
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Skydive and support Norfolk’s bereaved children

On Saturday 19th March people are being encouraged to take part in a tandem skydive to raise funds for Norfolk’s child bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey. 

The charity’s mascot Nelson has completed the skydive which has encouraged Simon Wright, Chief Executive to take part.  Mr Wright said “As a charity, we rely on the fundraising efforts of people in Norfolk to provide our services for the county’s bereaved children. As chief executive, I spend a lot of time encouraging people to go that extra mile to help us fund those services. I thought I needed to get stuck in myself, and so I’m doing this Skydive and encouraging as many people as possible to get on the plane with me. 

“I don’t like heights. I’m terrified by the prospect of jumping out of a plane. But if I can do it, then others can too. And every pound that we raise out of doing it is another pound that Nelson’s Journey can spend helping bereaved children to look positively towards their futures.”

Those interested in taking part should visit www.ukparachuting.co.uk/latest-charity-events/ and search for Nelson’s Journey. For details about Nelson's Journey please see www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk.

About Nelsons Journey

2014 saw an 18% rise in referrals from the previous year. In 2015, 630 children and young people were referred to us for bereavement support. We rely heavily on fundraisers and donors across the region so it is thanks to their valuable donations that we are able to continue our vital work with bereaved children living in Norfolk.

Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 17yrs is a registered charity providing a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive, living in Norfolk, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.  We aim to improve the emotional well being of bereaved children by:  increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement.  We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.

Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’.

It is currently estimated that 1 in 29 school aged children have experienced the death of a parent or sibling, in Norfolk this equates to approximately 3,825 children.  This figure is significantly higher when pre-school children and 17 year olds are included. 

 

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 22:59

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