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Purple Picnics to bring people back together in September

Written by  Simon Wright
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Nelson’s Journey, a Norfolk charity that supports bereaved children and young people, is bringing people back together this September through a ‘Purple Picnic’ community event. Schools, businesses, families and local communities are all encouraged to get involved by registering and hosting a fundraising picnic during the week of September 21st – 27th. 

Since 2015 nearly £35,000 has been raised through Purple Picnics in Norfolk in support of the charity’s work with bereaved children and young people in Norfolk. Many of those who’ve hosted a Purple Picnic have remembered and talked about their memories of someone special who has died during their event.

Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Nelson’s Journey, said: “Anyone can organise a Purple Picnic. Schools, employers and families can all organise a picnic to bring people back together during a year in which people have been more apart than ever before. Purple Picnics can be any size – they can be a small family or household gathering with friends, or a whole school of hundreds of pupils, and they can include all sorts of other fundraising games and activities to support our work with bereaved children."

“As a charity, we’ve seen a significant drop in our income this year. We rely on the community’s support to fund our work, and hosting a Purple Picnic is a very practical way that anyone can help us to continue our essential work with bereaved children in Norfolk.”

Mr Wright added: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for bereaved children and families. Many of the opportunities to come together and remember a special person who died have been missing this year. Attendance at funerals has been limited, memorial events have been cancelled, and family and friends living apart have been unable to visit each other in person at significant times. As restrictions have eased, we want to be able to encourage people to come back together to support each other and remember together those special who’ve died. Schools and larger organisations might collectively take a moment to remember all of those who’ve died.”

Some hosts will arrange online Purple Picnics this year. Employers can involve staff teams who are working from home, on furlough leave, or who are working at other sites through their usual video meeting software and invite guests digitally. Donations can be collected online before, during and after online events have happened.

Schools are organising Purple Picnics in line with their Covid policies, such as within bubbles.

While the charity’s Purple Picnic campaign week is 21st – 27th September, given the impact of Covid-19 on planning, hosts are encouraged to hold one whenever is convenient and in adherence with the latest government guidance on social distancing.

Purple Picnic hosts are asked to visit www.purplepicnic.org.uk for more information, including recipes and activity ideas, and to register their picnic with the charity.  Organisers of Purple Picnics can also share their plans for their event by contacting Nelson’s Journey on 01603 431788 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk

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