Bereaved children and young people in Norfolk referred to Nelson’s Journey have benefitted from sport and therapeutic sessions delivered at Sportspark this summer.
Delivered through a new partnership between Sportspark and Norfolk’s child bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey, groups of bereaved young people participated in 2 day programmes in August which included sports such as archery and dodgeball, alongside bereavement support activities that focused on their memories of the person who died and managing their feelings with the support of peers.
Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Nelson’s Journey, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have worked with Sportspark throughout the summer to deliver these programmes. Many of the young people taking part just haven’t had the same support networks around them over the last 18 months due to the pandemic. Bringing them together with other young people who may have had similar bereavement experiences has had a powerful impact and helped to tackle any sense of isolation. The sporting activities worked so well alongside bereavement activities because it helped young people to form supportive relationships. Sport can bring down barriers and help young people to talk more openly with each other. We’re very grateful for the support of Sport England and Active Norfolk who have made this work possible.”
Norse Catering is joining forces with Nelson’s Journey to support the charity’s annual ‘Purple Picnic’ fundraiser this July, with the event helping to raise funds to improve the emotional wellbeing of bereaved children living in Norfolk. Across the county, schools, work colleagues, friends and families are being encouraged to tuck into their own Purple Picnics, with many of Norse Catering’s locations set to enjoy a special menu to help celebrate the occasion.
A Purple Picnic is a way for people to come together both in person and virtually to raise funds for the charity, whilst also providing an opportunity for people to remember those that have died.
More than 200 schools in the county are provided with nutritional school meals by Norse, with each school being provided with the opportunity to choose their own Purple Picnic menu, between 5 and 9 July. In a further show of support for Nelson’s Journey, Norse will donate a percentage of its school meal sales to the charity on those dates.
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."
Dani Winteringham of Norwich, was due to marry her fiancé Anthony Williams on Saturday 23rd May but with plans having to be postponed she has decided to turn her attention to ensuring that Norfolk’s bereaved children and young people are able to access support when they need it.
Dani is no stranger to fundraising challenges, having previously conquered Kilimanjaro, run the London marathon and cycled the Coast to Coast path. She said “We now find ourselves in very strange and somewhat scary times. Everyone has been individually affected in so many different ways. For me, and my Fiancé, an impact has been the unfortunate need to postpone our wedding and honeymoon. Many peoples’ income and businesses have been affected but the worst consequence for everyone is the death of peoples’ loved ones, which is why I have chosen to raise money for Nelson’s Journey.”
In light of the Coronavirus and the impact this is having on local charities, Hoveton based estate agents Stobart & Hurrell have generously decided to double their regular contribution to Nelson’s Journey for the remainder of 2020.
Stobart & Hurrell have been supporting Norfolk’s child bereavement support charity for 3 years and to date, have raised over £3,200 by donating a percentage of their profit following the completion of each house sale.
Peter Hurrell, Director at Stobart and Hurrell, said: “We are a proud supporter of Nelson’s Journey and well aware of the impact COVID-19 is having across areas of the community. As parents and as a socially conscious local business we want to ensure that bereaved children and young people are able to access support when they need it.”
Runstoppable, a Norfolk business supporting local runners, has raised over £800 for two children’s charities in Norfolk. £410 has been handed over to both Norfolk child bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey and Red Balloon Learner Centre.
Runstoppable, based in Norwich, offers ‘MOT’ assessments to runners. Each Runner’s MOT in 2019 led to a donation to the charities.
Running coach Kyle Brooks, owner of the business, said: “I know that these two charities are making a real difference to young people locally who’ve been through really difficult experiences, and I’m very pleased that my clients have been so enthusiastic in supporting their cause. Charities need the support of their communities to continue their work, and there are many ways in which businesses can help.“
On Friday 29th November, Nelson’s Journey held their annual Christmas Quiz at Open in Norwich. As part of the evening a group of the charity’s young volunteers spoke about their experience of bereavement and encouraged attendees to help raise funds during the popular festive event.
Danielle, Harvey and Josh spoke to an audience of over 310 people about who had died in their lives and shared projects that they have supported the development and delivery of which are benefitting Norfolk bereaved children and young people such as the Smiles and Tears Gift Box, a gift that can be purchased for a recently bereaved child containing helpful support, information, therapeutic activities and treats. The contents of the box were carefully chosen and created by the young volunteers to support recipients through the grieving process.
On Friday 31st May 2019 Nelson’s Journey hosted our first ever Gin Festival at The Great Hospital Norwich. We are proud to have raised and amazing £4845 towards our work with Norfolk's bereaved children but also to have raised the profile of our charity and the work we do in our community.
Three bars were running on the night, one offering British and Irish gins another featuring International gins and one offering cocktails designed by VanVino Norwich featuring edible flowers from Nurtured in Norfolk.
The evening was sponsored by some fantastic Norfolk business including main event sponsors Swallowtail Print , Cocktail Bar sponsors Heritage Will Writers, a huge donation of gin from Paragraph and gin expertise, bar hire and gin master class from Van Vino.
On Sunday 14th April, Nelson’s Journey hosted a huge Easter Egg Hunt to raise money for bereaved children and young people in Norfolk. The event, for families of children who have been supported by the charity, was also open to the public to enjoy. The hunt, which took place in the private grounds of Barningham Hall in Matlaske, Norfolk, welcomed over 1000 visitors.
Activities included a traditional Easter Egg Hunt in the woodland, a tree of memories, where guests could write an Easter message in memory of a special person who had died, a spring animal petting area, traditional fete games, themed arts and crafts and an Easter bonnet competition. Guests were also treated to delicious street food from Norfolk suppliers including Fat Teds Streat Food and Waffle Works. Over £3500 was raised from the event, which will go back into supporting more children and young people locally, struggling after the death of an important person in their lives.
Holding a Purple Picnic helps raise vital funds so that Nelson’s Journey can keep supporting bereaved children, living in Norfolk, who are struggling to cope following the death of a special person.
A Purple Picnic is a wonderful way to make memories with friends, family and colleagues. You don’t have to limit yourself to a traditional picnic, all you need to do is make sure there is an opportunity for everyone to come together, enjoy some food and make positive memories.
We are asking the Norfolk Community to hold their own Purple Picnic this July. Your donations will make a difference to bereaved children and young people living in Norfolk