13 year old helps to raise more than £6,000 for Nelson’s Journey

Rosie Bailey, 13, who's raised more than £6,000 for bereavement charity Nelson's Journey after recei

Rosie Bailey, 13, who's raised more than £6,000 for bereavement charity Nelson's Journey after receiving their support after she lost her grandmother. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Rosie Bailey may only be 13, but already she has masterminded a scheme that has raised more than £6,000 for charity.

The teenager, who lives in Sprowston, has helped raise £6,111 for Norfolk-based bereavement charity Nelson's Journey, by spearheading a successful fundraising campaign over the summer.

A pupil at Jane Austen College, she is a member of Nelson's Journey's youth panel, a group of youngsters who help the charity generate ideas.

And it was here that she masterminded the Purple Picnic initiative.

She is now preparing yet another fundraising event – a Christmas fair to be held in the Forum.

Rosie said: 'When I first found out that my nan had died, I was completely devastated, but I couldn't cry, This made me feel even worse, because I became anxious that people would think that I wasn't sad – like I was meant to cry but couldn't.'

Rosie and her younger brother, Micah, 10, both had difficulty grieving for their grandmother, who died in July 2011, and sought the help of Nelson's Journey after the charity was recommended to her mother.

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She said: 'There are not many bereavement charities around and if it wasn't for Nelson's Journey, lots of people could find themselves ending up in a much darker place.

'I wanted to stay strong for my whole family, particularly my brother, but I was finding it really hard myself.'

The pair attended one of the charity's residential weekends, inspiring Rosie to give something back.

The Purple Picnic initiative encourages supporters of the charity to organise their own fundraising picnics using purple-coloured food.

Her mother, Victoria, said: 'I'm incredibly proud of Rosie – she's an absolute star. She is always looking out for everybody else. She found it very hard when my mum died, as we all did and I've been just so impressed with what she's done for the charity since.'

Claire Heald, executive principal of Jane Austen College added: 'Rosie is such a hardworking pupil who is extremely involved in the community of our school.'

Rosie's latest fundraising venture has seen her organise a Christmas Fair, which will take place at the Forum, in Norwich, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on December 17.

Rosie added: 'The youth panel were given the challenge to turn £10 into £50 for the charity, so I decided to organise a fair at the Forum. The whole idea of giving something back is a big motivation for me, and this feels like a good way to do it.'

For more information on the Fair or to donate a prize for the raffle, contact Mrs Bailey on 01603 440985, or visit the event's page on Facebook: Rosie's Christmas Fayre.