Special night for Nelson’s Journey youngsters

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with youngsters of Little Plumstead-based charity Nelson’s Journey for an evening of skating. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Their faces said it all – sheer delight.

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with youngsters of Little Plumstead-based charity Nelson’s Journey for an evening of skating. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Youngsters who have lost a loved one were treated to a night of ice skating in Norwich.

The Eastern Daily Press and Evening News have brought an ice rink to Castle Gardens – and invited Little Plumstead-based charity Nelson's Journey along for a night of fun.

For anyone who is bereaved, Christmas can be a hard time of year.

But last night Archant, this newspaper's publisher, sought to sprinkle some festive magic by giving away 30 tickets to the charity.

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with youngsters of Little Plumstead-based charity Nelson’s Journey for an evening of skating. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Gena Moore, corporate fundraiser at Nelson's Journey, said the children were thrilled to be on the ice.

She said: 'We are so grateful to Archant for giving our families the chance to be a part of this very special evening.

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'Seeing the delight on the faces of those who attended was wonderful and it was a lovely activity for children and adults alike to get involved with.

'Ice skating is a great way to gain confidence, so fits perfectly with the therapeutic work we do with bereaved children and young people, to rebuild self-esteem after the death of a special person in their lives.

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with youngsters of Little Plumstead-based charity Nelson’s Journey for an evening of skating. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

'Thank you to Archant for their contribution in helping bereaved families have some respite and fun during the run-up to Christmas.'

As well as skating, the rink has food and drink stalls, face painting and a giant snowman bouncy castle.

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with

The Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press rink in Castle Mall Gardens proving a hit with youngsters of Little Plumstead-based charity Nelson’s Journey for an evening of skating. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams