John Lewis Norwich has raised £5,800 for local charity Nelson’s Journey as its Charity of the Year.
Over the past year Partners (staff) at John Lewis Norwich have taken part in a range of fundraising initiatives to raise money and awareness for the charity, who provide a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years who are living in Norfolk and have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.
Nelson’s Journey was founded in 1997 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Norfolk’s child bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey have just launched their Young People’s Forum, a new addition to the range of services that they currently offer to help support bereaved children and young people in Norfolk.
The online forum, which has taken over 18 months to design and build, by local web designers NeoOptic, will help give bereaved children who have been referred to the charity a place to speak with others who have also experienced the death of someone special to them.