Norwich solicitors Rogers and Norton stage special pantomime party for bereaved children

A group of Norfolk youngsters enjoyed some extra-special pantomime fun when they visited Norwich Theatre Royal.

The children, who have all been helped by the charity Nelson's Journey, were joined by the cast of Sleeping Beauty for a fun-filled party before taking their seats to watch the pantomime last Wednesday.

About 30 children took part in the event which was organised by Norwich-based solicitors Rogers and Norton and the theatre. It is the third year running the solicitors firm has organised the event.

Graham Knights, Rogers and Norton practice manager, said: 'Three years ago we decided instead of spending money on sending out commercial Christmas cards each year, we would take some children to the pantomime and give them a party at the theatre beforehand.

'This event really touches your heart. They are all children who have suffered with bereavement, and hopefully the party and pantomime will go some way towards helping the children. Nicki Gibson, marketing and fundraising officer for Nelson's Journey, said: 'The children had lots of fun and it really meant a lot. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet other children who have experienced similar bereavement. It brings them together so they do not feel alone.'

Richard Gauntlett, the pantomime dame in Sleeping Beauty, said: 'It was lovely to see all the children having a laugh and a giggle, and I think Nelson's Journey is such a worthy charity.'

The Guildhall Hill branch of Leeds Building Society also provided goody bags for the children.

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Nelson's Journey, based in Norwich, gives support to children across Norfolk who have experienced the death of a special person in their lives.

For more information on the charity visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

Is your charity organising a special event? Call Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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