Nelson’s Journey, Norfolk’s charity supporting bereaved children are today launching exam guidance for young people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.
Through their work, the charity have become aware of a number of bereaved young people who have been affected by the content of an exam question, particularly when that content is specifically referring to a bereavement experience.
A young person who received support from the charity sat an English language exam in which they were required to explore creative writing. The text chosen referred to a Mum who was dying of cancer and the impact this had on the family. The text was an accurate reflection of their own life story, as their Mum had died just a few months earlier in very similar circumstances.
For the third year, Nelson’s Journey fundraising week, the Purple Picnic will once again take place in June. Between 12th - 18th June individuals, schools and businesses are able to hold their own Purple Picnic to raise vital funds needed to continue their work with bereaved children and young people living in Norfolk.
This year, the charity have gained the support of local celebrity, Kate Barmby, 2016 Great British Bake Off contestant. Kate has created three recipes to feature in the Purple Picnic fundraising packs and will also be visiting a picnic during the week.
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.”
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards awarded three local charities a total of £3,000 at an event last week as part of a drive to encourage residents of the Borough to waste less and recycle more. Members of the scheme voted for their favourite from a shortlist of charities, with Norfolk Hospice winning top prize of £1,500. The two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, were both awarded £750 each.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards was launched to all households in the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk back in May and encourages residents to recycle more and waste less through individual and community rewards. The borough is split into five communities who compete against each other to earn the most Green Points, with the communities that earn most Green Points after six months winning the biggest donations to the local charity most popular among their residents.
The latest ale from Norfolk’s award-winning Fat Cat Brewery, has been produced to celebrate the centenary of independent family opticians, Dipple & Conway. And with Dipple & Conway pledging to donate 10p for every locally-sold pint to Break, the charity’s patron – TV broadcaster Jake Humphrey – was happy to help with the launch.
As a real ale enthusiast – “as every man from Norfolk should be” – Jake said helping with Cat’s Eyes was a particular pleasure. This is a win-win for everyone. Break makes some money, real ale drinkers get a real treat...and when their eyes glaze over, Dipple & Conway can help them out,” quipped Jake.
This September, 9-year-old Joe and 6-year-old Sophie are embarking on a walk to remember two important men in their lives. Along with dozens of others, they will be doing the Walk of Smiles for Nelson’s Journey, Norfolk’s child bereavement charity, to remember their dad, Charlie, and grandad, Bill.
Along with their mum, Sandra, the children who come from Wymondham, will join other families who have also been bereaved, to remember Charlie and Bill’s lives and walk in their memory. They are encouraging others who have also been bereaved to join them, and raising money to support the charity which helped them through some of their most difficult times.
Borough Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, will present representatives from The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House with a cheque for £4,444 on Friday 5 August at Mintlyn Crematorium.
The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
A new scheme which launched in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk last month will see six local charity and community projects benefit from residents’ recycling efforts. These are: Hospital Radio Lynn, West Norfolk Mind, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn, The Norfolk Hospice and Festival Too.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards encourages residents to recycle as much as they can in order to earn Green Points for their community. There are five communities across the Borough: Kings Lynn and Surroundings, Southern and Downham Market, Northern and Hunstanton, West Norfolk Fens and West Norfolk Central.
‘There were gorillas, there were dragons’ and now ‘Hare is the next sculpture!’
The team at Break, led by Martin Green, have again teamed up with Wild in Art and can at last, announce that the sculpture that will be on the streets of Norwich from June to September 2018 will indeed by the Hare. 2018 has been chosen as it is Break’s 50th anniversary and will help the Charity celebrate its work with vulnerable children, young people and families since 1968.
To celebrate the beginning of the nationally celebrated Volunteers Week, Nelson’s Journey are launching their new young volunteer recruitment literature in a bid to attract more children aged 11 – 17yrs to support their work.
The Nelson’s Journey Youth Panel were supported by the charity to produce promotional literature which will encourage other young people to give up their time and support Norfolk’s child bereavement charity.
Young people in Norfolk affected by bereavement have been involved in designing an app that will help their peers across the UK who are grieving a loved one. The Smiles & Tears app, created by the Youth Panel at Nelson’s Journey is being funded by BBC Children in Need.
It is estimated that every 22 minutes a child in Britain is bereaved of a parent.* Experiencing bereavement in childhood can be traumatic and impacts greatly on the mental health of young people. For some children the effects of grief can include anxiety, loss of appetite, self-harming and suicidal thoughts, lack of concentration and school refusal.
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.
With recent research indicating that two thirds of adults have not made a will, five of Norfolk’s charities are working together to encourage people to plan for the future whilst also raising funds to support their work. Many locally based solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers have kindly donated appointments to Norfolk WILL Help helping the charities to raise valuable funds throughout February.
Matt Roberts has concluded his 500k charity run from Great Yarmouth to Aberystwyth. His run benefited two charities: Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, and Sussex-based children’s hospice the Chestnut Tree House.
Mr Roberts was welcomed on his arrival to Aberystwyth by Ceredigion's Member of Parliament Mark Williams, Chief Executive of Nelson's Journey Simon Wright, and family and friends.