Founder of SOS Bus project in Norwich, Colin Lang MBE, is appointed chief executive of Nelson’s Journey charity

The founder of the successful SOS Bus project in Norwich has been appointed the new chief executive of Norfolk's bereaved children's charity, Nelson's Journey.

Colin Lang MBE, is the new man at the helm for the charity, based on Meridian Way in Thorpe St Andrew.

Mr Lang set up the SOS Bus in Norwich in 2001 following the Evening News's Home Safe and Sound campaign, which was prompted by the river deaths of Nick Green, 16, and James Toms, 21, following nights out in the city.

The bus, sponsored by the Evening News, soon began attracting praise nationally and resulted in Mr Lang, a former policeman of 33 years, heading to Downing Street in 2008 to meet then Home Office minister, Vernon Coker, to discuss the possibility of funding for a National Association of SOS Buses.

Nicola Gibson, marketing and fundraising officer for Nelson's Journey, said: 'We are delighted to announce the appointment of Colin as our new chief executive officer.

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'His work is highly regarded and this was recognised in 2008 when he was awarded an MBE for his services to the police force and the young people of Norwich.

'We are very excited for him to take the charity forward as we continue to grow as an organisation and develop our work with bereaved children living in Norfolk.'

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