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Thursday, October 31, 2013
A Norfolk charity is hoping our readers can help to give bereaved children the best possible Christmas present.
When Nelson’s Journey relaunched its Smiles Appeal almost a year ago the dream of a purpose-built home where families could support each other and be supported seemed a long way off.
But thanks to the generosity of readers, the Norfolk child bereavement charity has seen its fundraising total rise from £75,000 to £460,000 in the past 12 months – and it is confident that with further donations, on top of outstanding grant applications, the £575,000 target will be hit by the end of the year.
The charity’s present headquarters in Meridian Way, Norwich, is not spacious enough to entertain families; its new home, Smiles House, to be built on the Octagon business park in Little Plumstead, will have the room for support work with children and families as well as administration and training.
Importantly, there will also be outdoor space to hold activity days and social events, bringing families together to remember their special person and continue supporting one another.
Nelson’s Journey chief executive Colin Lang said: “Alongside raising funds for our new building it has been vital to ensure we have sufficient income to continue to run our support services for Norfolk’s bereaved children and young people.
“Alongside this we have also launched new initiatives such as an activity day for bereaved children and young people with special educational needs and our bereavement groups pilot project which, thanks to your readers and our voting success with the Big Lottery Community Fund, will now become a core service from January.
“We are extremely grateful to all those who have already contributed towards our new home and would encourage those who may be thinking about making a donation, to help us achieve our aim before the end of 2013.”
To support the appeal, readers can visit the charity’s fundraising page uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/smilesappeal