Young Nelson’s Journey volunteers come together to remember loved ones

Young Nelson�s Journey volunteers came together to remember special people in their lives that had

Young Nelson�s Journey volunteers came together to remember special people in their lives that had died. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience for any child.

Young Nelson�s Journey volunteers came together to remember special people in their lives that had

Young Nelson�s Journey volunteers came together to remember special people in their lives that had died. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

And now a group of young people have come together at a picnic day organised by Norwich-based charity Nelson's Journey to remember people who have died.

The youngsters taking part - aged from 11 to 17 - all volunteer for the charity, which supports bereaved children across the county.

Their picnic was held at Nurture by Nature Forest school in Attleborough and the children enjoyed activities including archery and making memory lanterns to remember people who have died.

They were also joined by Norfolk's own baking star, 2016 Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Barmby, who made brownies shaped like dragons in a cob oven.

Young Nelson�s Journey volunteers came together to remember special people in their lives that had

Young Nelson�s Journey volunteers came together to remember special people in their lives that had died. Picture: Richard Jarmy - Credit: Archant

The youngsters also enjoyed a cake made by Mrs Barmby.

The children then pledged to support the charity during Purple Picnic week from June 12 to June 18 when schools, businesses and individuals host their own picnics to remember someone special who has died and raise money for Nelson's Journey.

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The charity expects thousands of people to take part in Purple Picnic events throughout the week.

Sarah Hyde, Nelson's Journey's community funding and marketing officer, said an event such as the picnic was an opportunity for children to come to terms with the death of a parent or other loved one.

Ms Hyde said: 'We are working every day to support bereaved children and young people in Norfolk thawho have experienced the death of someone significant in their life.

'That means a parent, sibling, grandparent or even a friend.

'We are here to ensure that no young person in Norfolk has to cope with their bereavement alone.

'Through the support of people taking part in the Purple Picnic week, we are able to continue to offer our service and help bring back smiles to bereaved children in Norfolk.'

Nelson's Journey aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of bereaved children by increasing their confidence and self-belief, providing education about the causes of death and enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement.

To find out more about Purple Picnic Week, visit www.nelsons journey.org.uk/purple-picnic

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