Woman supported through bereavement aged 5 returns to charity for fundraising campaign
- Credit: Rosie Markwick
A Norfolk woman who was supported by a children's bereavement charity at the age of five has launched a campaign to raise funds for the group that helped her so many years ago.
Rosie Markwick was one of the first bereaved children to be supported by charity Nelson's Journey, after the loss of her mother,
Now a mum herself, Miss Marwick has decided to remember her loved one by launching a series of fundraisers and awareness drives.
Miss Markwick said: 'I was struggling with accepting it, as you expect from a young child, then my grandmother was informed about Nelson's Journey.
'I attended a weekend session which helped me so much. It showed me how it was ok to miss my Mum and it was ok to be sad. They taught me how to remember the good times and how to deal with the build-up of anger.'
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The North Walsham resident will be organising a football match, a band night and will be talking about her experience at the Miss Norfolk Inspirations awards 2018 in August,
She continued: 'Nelson's Journey is a very big part of my background. Hopefully when both my daughters reach full time school age I would love to be able to volunteer and help so many children that are in a similar situation to what I was.'
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The Norfolk charity, now in its 20th year has seen an increase in demand for their service, 2017 being their busiest year yet receiving 952 referrals, a 21% increase on the previous year.
Miss Markwick added: 'Nelson's Journey is a very big part of my background, I chose to support them because it is such a good cause. Hopefully when both my daughters reach full time school age I would love to be able to volunteer and help so many children that are in a similar situation to what I was.'
Miss Markwick's football match will be taking place on May 12 at Holt FC.
Holt United FC will be playing Helt Depete Cancer FC.
The Band Night is taking place at the Black Swan in North Walsham on July 28.