Kate said “Having met some of the young people that Nelson’s journey have assisted I have become aware of how much they help children in Norfolk to rebuild their lives when the worst tragedy you can imagine has happened. I have seen how what they do is not about forgetting or moving on, it’s about holding on to precious memories and supporting children to continue to live rich and fulfilling lives following the loss of someone they love.
Loss and grief is never something easy to talk about and it’s even harder when young people are involved, this is why I think the Purple Picnic is such a wonderful idea and why I pleased to support it.
Each of the children that comes to Nelson’s Journey comes with a heart breakingly sad story but what this local charity does is turn those sad stories back into happy memories.
A Purple Picnic gives families and friends a chance to come together, to create new memories whilst remembering the old ones and hopefully raise some of the money required to keep this amazing service going."
The charity have seen over 7000 people get involved over the last two years, through the generosity of the community taking part, the charity has been able to continue to offer their services and give young people the confidence they need to succeed in life following a bereavement.
Sarah Hyde, Community Funding and Marketing Officer, looks after the fundraising week and all participants, she said “We are really excited to have Kate Barmby involved with the Purple Picnic this year, she has already been so passionate about our charity and I’m sure lots of people taking part will want the chance to meet Kate at their picnic.”
“We had a brilliant following last year and hope event more schools, businesses and individuals will get on board and behind the Purple Picnic week for 2017. It’s a wonderful way to remember someone special that has died, whilst raising money to support bereaved children all over Norfolk.”
For more information about Nelson’s Journey, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk.