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Siblings to walk for lifeline charity which helped after loss of their father

PUBLISHED: 20:00 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:45 31 May 2018

Georgie and sister Serena at last year's Walk of Smiles Photo: Richard Jarmy Photography

Georgie and sister Serena at last year's Walk of Smiles Photo: Richard Jarmy Photography

Richard Jarmy Photography

A trio of siblings who lost their father eight years ago will take part in a walk to repay the lifeline charity which helped them cope.

Georgie Boast with her family at last year's Walk of Smiles Photo: Richard Jarmy PhotographyGeorgie Boast with her family at last year's Walk of Smiles Photo: Richard Jarmy Photography

Georgie Boast, 17, brother Ashleigh, 15, and sister Serena, 12, from Great Plumstead, lost their beloved dad Mark in 2010, after his motorbike crashed with a van when he was just 29.

The siblings were referred to Nelson’s Journey, a Norfolk child bereavement charity, after a family friend of their mum Louise, 38, used the service following a family loss.

Georgie said: “Before I got help from Nelson’s Journey I felt so vulnerable and weak and I was so scared that my mum or someone was going to die too, as daddy’s death had been such a shock and no one was expecting it.

“Mum found it really hard to deal with the loss of her husband as well as looking after us three vulnerable grieving children.

Mark Boast, 29, a motorcyclist who died in crash. Photo: Collect Copy:  For: EDP News EDP pics © 2009 (01603) 772434Mark Boast, 29, a motorcyclist who died in crash. Photo: Collect Copy: For: EDP News EDP pics © 2009 (01603) 772434

“When I came to Nelson’s Journey I was so anxious because I didn’t like talking to anyone, as I didn’t want to upset them. I just wanted to focus on helping my sisters to deal with it.”

In June, the family will be embarking on the charity’s annual Walk of Smiles, which takes place at its base in Little Plumstead.

Georgie said: “There is a real sense of belonging, being among other families who share similar experiences, along with celebrating the lives of those who are no longer with us, like my dad.”

Mr Boast, who was a panel beater at Nationwide Crash Repairs, suffered serious head injuries in the crash and died in hospital the next day.

Ashleigh is taking part in the Walk of Smiles Photo: Louise BoastAshleigh is taking part in the Walk of Smiles Photo: Louise Boast

His organs have been used to save the lives of five people and to give eyesight to a baby.

After receiving support from Nelson’s Journey, Georgie said she felt confident about the future, and able to think positively instead of negatively.

She added: “Now I am really happy with where I am at and Nelson’s Journey helped me to get here. Without Nelson’s Journey I wouldn’t be here today - they are an amazing charity who really do bring smiles back to bereaved children.”

Her mum Mrs Boast said: “We all miss Mark everyday and the pain never goes away, we will always love him and always have our memories.”

To find out more about Nelson’s Journey and its Walk of Smiles, visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/wos/


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