Brave Susanna raises vital funds for charity

Susanna Pullinger presents a cheque to Sarah Hyde from Nelson's Journey, along with pupils from Heth

Susanna Pullinger presents a cheque to Sarah Hyde from Nelson's Journey, along with pupils from Hethersett Junior School and a few Worry Eaters. Picture: Matthew Parslow-Williams - Credit: Archant

A bereaved Norfolk pupil has organised a fundraiser which has raised hundreds of pounds for Nelson's Journey.

Ten-year-old Susanna Pullinger has been receiving support from the charity having recently lost her father and decided she wanted to say thank you by organising a fundraiser.

The Hethersett Junior School pupil's idea was backed by family, friends and the school, and a total of £286 was raised for Nelson's Journey.

The event consisted of a number of fun activities, including a lucky dip and a game of name the Minion.

There was also a book stall, refreshments and a cake sale.

Matthew Parslow-Williams, headteacher at Hethersett VC Junior School, said he was proud of Susanna and her friends.

He said: 'As the headteacher, I am very proud of Susanna for using a negative experience in her life to help others who are in the same position as her.

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'I am delighted with her friends for showing compassion and supporting their friend through a very difficult time and also for raising £286.'

Mr Parslow-Williams also took the opportunity to praise all of the children at the school.

'All the children of Hethersett VC Junior School are special, they are excellent role models for others and an asset to the community.

'This is not the first and definitely not the last event that children will ask to raise money for. A child in year 3 has already approached me with the intention of raising money for schools in Africa.'

Sarah Hyde, community funding and marketing officer at Nelson's Journey, visited the fundraiser and talked pupils through the work of the charity in supporting bereaved children.

Pupils were also shown the Worry Eater cuddly the charity uses to help children experiencing anxiety.

Mrs Hyde thanked pupils for their part in raising enough money to fund an additional 28 Worry Eaters.

She said: 'We are very pleased to have been supported in this way and would like to thank the whole school for their enthusiasm and generosity.

'The money raised will certainly help children and young people in Norfolk move forward positively, following a bereavement.'

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