Norwich Foodbank and Nelson’s Journey awarded charity skate

Volunteers at the Norwich Foodbank working on their FISH project

Volunteers at the Norwich Foodbank working on their FISH project - Credit: Hannah Worsley

The two charities were picked out of a multitude of applications, and will both be giving the tickets to families they help to support.

Volunteers at the Norwich Foodbank working on their FISH project

Volunteers at the Norwich Foodbank working on their FISH project - Credit: Hannah Worsley

The Norwich Foodbank and Nelson's Journey have been announced as this years charity skate winners, thanks to a competition launched by the EDP and Evening News.

The two charities were picked out of a multitude of applications, and will both be giving the tickets to families they help to support.

They will be joining the team at the EDP/Norwich Evening News Norwich Ice Rink – which this year is sponsored by Jack and the Beanstalk at the Norwich Theatre Royal.

Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press, said: 'These two charities were picked thanks to their commendable charity work in the region.

ice rink logo

ice rink logo - Credit: Archant

'470 children living in Norfolk will have experienced the death of a parent this year alone. Nelson's Journey is supporting these children, and we are pleased to help them do so at Christmas time.

'The Norwich Foodbank is another fantastic charity, and by gifting them these tickets we will be providing a family with an experience they otherwise would not be able to afford.'

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Hannah Worsley, project manager at the Norwich Foodbank applied for the tickets for the organisation's project FISH. She said: 'Since August 2014, Food (and Fun) In School Holidays have provided a free hot meal and free fun activities to local families who struggle with the extra financial costs when schools break up for the holidays.

'For a lot of reasons we can't provide these activities over the Christmas break, so this is such a lovely and different thing to offer them.'

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Norwich Theatre Royal sponsor the Norwich Ice Rink

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Norwich Theatre Royal sponsor the Norwich Ice Rink - Credit: Archant

Nelson's Journey work to support bereaved children who have lost a significant person in their life.

A spokesman for the charity said: 'We're delighted to be given the tickets to the Norwich Ice Rink.

'Christmas can be a tough time for the children we support, it's one of the times families dread because it's so painful to see the empty space at the table. These children need a break from life, to get out of their own heads and just concentrate on trying not to fall over!'

The charity added: 'It's not uncommon for us to work with children that feel guilty for feeling happy.

'We try to help them realise that their life needs to go on, and it's OK to be happy.'

Children and their families will be given the tickets on a first come, first serve basis.

'A lot of children feel isolated after losing a parent, a sibling, or loved one,' the spokesman said.

'It's really helpful for the children we work with to be around other children in the same position, it relieves some of the sense of isolation. They can support each other without talking about it, just by being there.'

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