Child bereavement charity volunteers honoured at awards ceremony

Simon Wright, Nelson's Journey chief executive, volunteer Lou O�Connell, volunteer Donna Milner, vol

Simon Wright, Nelson's Journey chief executive, volunteer Lou O�Connell, volunteer Donna Milner, volunteer Tina Woods, Duncan Green, volunteer and child bereavement support worker, and Richard Marks, Sheriff of Norwich. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

Volunteers for a children's bereavement charity were celebrated and thanked at an awards evening.

Sarah Hyde, community funding and marketing officer for Nelson's Journey, and Emma Thornburn, Buns o

Sarah Hyde, community funding and marketing officer for Nelson's Journey, and Emma Thornburn, Buns of Fun. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

Nelson's Journey, which is based in Norfolk, has more than 100 volunteers who support its work in the community.

Jess Stevens, Jake Champion and Georgina Clark from Naked Wines at the Nelson's Journey volunteer aw

Jess Stevens, Jake Champion and Georgina Clark from Naked Wines at the Nelson's Journey volunteer awards evening. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

To recognise the hours they give to the cause, the charity organised a volunteer awards evening at the Virgin Money Lounge in Norwich.

Staff from the Virgin Money Lounge pictured at the Nelson's Journey awards. Picture: Richard Jarmy

Staff from the Virgin Money Lounge pictured at the Nelson's Journey awards. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

Those honoured included Jill Greengrass, who has donated hundreds of hours to Nelson's Journey.

She said: 'I am passionate in my belief that all bereaved children should have access to the help and support that is their right.


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'Enabling them to reach their full potential in future years. These words, I think sum up the way I feel and what Nelson's Journey is trying to achieve.'

The Sheriff of Norwich, Richard Marks, and charity chief executive Simon Wright presented certificates to volunteers.

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Mr Wright said that last year had been the busiest in the charity's history.

'We would be simply unable to respond to the growing demand for our services without the tremendous support of our volunteers,' he said.

'Through their time, their skills and their effort, Nelson's Journey has been able to receive referrals for almost 800 children over the last year alone.

'Our evening of celebrations allowed us to recognise the diverse contributions of volunteers to the work of the charity, without which we simply couldn't operate.'

The night was supported by local businesses including the East of England Coop Funeral Services, Richard Jarmy Photography and Naked Wines.

Sheringham-based bakery Buns of Fun donated a cake featuring a worry eater, which the charity uses to support children with anxieties after a bereavement.

To watch the night unfold, visit Nelson's Journey's Facebook page here.

For more information or to volunteer, email enquiries@nelsonsjourney.org.uk or click here.

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