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A wheely great fundraiser for Norfolk charities!

Written by  Gena Moore
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A wheely great fundraiser for Norfolk charities!

Nelson’s Journey are one of two charities being chosen to benefit from a huge charity bike auction taking place outside the LCR at the UEA in Norwich on Wednesday 24 September.

Paul Riches from Bracon Ash Garage in Norfolk is holding the event for the sixth and final time, and hopes this will be the biggest and best year yet. Cycles repaired and serviced to a very high standard, ideal for students or adults will be auctioned to raise funds for both East Anglia’s Children's Hospices and Nelson’s Journey. Mr Riches hopes that funds raised on the day will exceed £13,000.

Gena Moore, Funding and Marketing Officer at Nelson’s Journey said “This is a great way to bag yourself a bargain bike and support local charities at the same time. We really appreciate being a recipient of the funds raised in the final year of this charity auction, which also promotes recycling and sustainable transport, and would like to thank Mr Riches and the UEA for their support.”

The funds will enable Nelson’s Journey to continue to support in excess of 500 children and young people that are referred to them every year. Through therapeutic activities and 1:1 support, the charity aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of children by providing education and guidance around death, increasing communications between families and providing opportunities to remember their loved one and to meet other children in similar circumstances.

Viewing starts from 9am with the auction starting from midday, with all bikes refurbished and repaired by Mr Riches in his Norfolk garage. To find out more about the day, donate an unwanted bike or if you are interested in picking one up, please contact Paul Riches on 01508 570642.

About Nelsons Journey

During 2013, Nelson’s Journey saw a further 25% increase in the demand for its service (a 67% increase was experienced in 2012).  The Norfolk based charity believe this is largely down to local government funding cuts and scaling down of support services for these vulnerable individuals.  During 2013 they received 506 referrals and has received over 200 this year. 

Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 16yrs 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. 

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