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Virtual Party of Pledges to fund bereaved children’s story-telling

Written by  Sophie Berry
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Left to right Amy Sale – Child Bereavement Support Worker Duncan Green – Child Bereavement Support Worker Sophie Berry – Funding & Marketing Manager Left to right Amy Sale – Child Bereavement Support Worker Duncan Green – Child Bereavement Support Worker Sophie Berry – Funding & Marketing Manager

At the beginning of February, Nelson’s Journey, Norfolk’s child bereavement charity, launched a Crowdfunding project to raise £5,000 in 30 days, enabling bereaved children to tell their stories, helping to break down barriers for others in a similar situation.

The deadline for raising funds is 6th March at 9:30am and Sophie Berry, Funding and Marketing Manager is hopeful they will reach their target.  She said “Too often we meet bereaved children who feel isolated following their experience, our project will provide a means for bereaved young people to communicate directly to the community, helping to educate them in the challenges faced and what it would have been helpful for people to say to them.”

The project has raised half of the required fundraising total and on Wednesday 1st March the charity are hosting a virtual Crowdfunder Pledge Party on their Facebook page.  Individuals and businesses in the community are being asked to pledge their support for the project helping them to reach their total. 

Sophie said “It is so important for us to reach our total. If, and only if, we are successful the project will go ahead and that means that every pound pledged will help children to tell their stories.  We really appreciate every contribution towards our target.”

Norwich based business Eye Film & TV are working in partnership on the project which will enable Nelson’s Journey to purchase camera equipment, editing software and receive training in how to film effective videos.  A selection of young people will be given the opportunity to take part in the training and use the equipment to capture their stories.

Sophie Berry, Funding & Marketing Manager said “Death is not something many people find easy to discuss.  Breaking down barriers for the children we work with has always been one of our priorities.  Having the means to capture and share their stories and experiences will be invaluable to us communicating the coping capacity of children and young people and also educate the Norfolk community in how they can support bereaved children they may know.”

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One of the first donations to the Crowdfunding page was for £1,000 from East of England Co-op.  Andrew Dawes, Head of Specialist Retail said: “We’re great supporters of Nelson’s Journey and the fantastic work they do to support young people through bereavement. They continuously create new and inventive ways to allow the children to talk about their feelings and share their happy memories. We’re pleased that we’re able to support them in this new venture and encourage others to do the same.”

To find out more information and support this Crowdfunding project visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/diary-of-bereaved-children-in-norfolk and view the video by clicking on the image below

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About Nelson’s Journey

During 2016, Nelson’s Journey received 791 referrals, a 22% increase on the previous year.

They aim to improve the emotional wellbeing 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.

This year, 470 children & young people living in Norfolk will experience the death of their mother or father.*

*Statistic provided by Childhood Bereavement Network

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

Last modified on Monday, 27 February 2017 19:27

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