Inspiring team help young people from Norfolk cope with bereavement
12:55 17 July 2014
An inspiring young team who won a charity award for helping fellow young people cope with bereavement is continuing to do great things to support their peers in need.
Members of Norwich-based Nelson’s Journey Youth Panel scooped the charity prize in the 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, and are using their £1,000 prize to continue their commitment to supporting the Nelson’s Journey charity.
The judges were really impressed with the dedication of the team’s members and hope their story will encourage more young people to enter or be nominated for the 2014 charity award. By the time of last year’s ceremony, the panel’s work had included helping to edit new resources for bereaved children, giving interviews about the charity’s work, and creating a short film. The team is now using their prize to create a new resource to help children and young people understand the effects of death and dying.
Ezra Gentle, 15, said: “The whole Youth Panel were ecstatic that we won the award. The money has given us the opportunity to further the Youth Panel’s hopes.”
Fellow panel member, Sammy Woods, 17, said: “I am so glad that we won because we are now able to complete our plans.”
Lorna Vyse, Nelson’s Journey child bereavement support worker, said: “Everyone at Nelson’s Journey is very proud of the Youth Panel achieving this award as they give so much time and effort towards supporting the charity’s aims. They have so many amazing ideas and it is lovely to see the prize money give them the boost they need to make those ideas become a tangible resource for the benefit of others.”