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Norwich charity which supports bereaved children gets £120,000 Children in Need boost

PUBLISHED: 10:40 12 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:44 12 August 2012

Colin Lang, the new chief executive of the charity Nelson's Journey. Picture: Denise Bradley

Colin Lang, the new chief executive of the charity Nelson's Journey. Picture: Denise Bradley

Archant 2012

A Norwich-based charity which supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a family member or friend has been awarded nearly £120,000.

Nelson’s Journey, which gives youngsters the chance to attend residential activity weekends to help them come to terms with their loss, has received a three year grant of £119,441 from BBC’s Children in Need.

The money, part of £2, 367,233 awarded to projects in the Central England area as part of its summer allocation of funds following the record breaking November Appeal.

Bosses at Nelson’s Journey, based at Meridian Way on the Broadland Business Park, were “absolutely delighted” and say the money will help the charity continue to offers one-to-one support for bereaved children in Norfolk.

Colin Lang, chief executive officer of Nelson’s Journey, who revealed the money would help pay for the wages of a child bereavement support officer, said: “It’s fantastic news and we really appreciate Children In Need’s support. We’re already seeking grants to pay for the other two support workers.

“We’ve seen the need for our service increase incredibly in 2012. Last year we worked with 242 young people and this year, up to May 31, we were already up to 220.

“We’ve seen a massive increase in the need for our service and so that we don’t need to triage young people who need our help we need to find another support worker. Otherwise we’re going to have to have young people who are put on a waiting list. We’ve never ever had to do that and we don’t want to.”

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “We’re delighted to announce another £2.3 million of funding that will help hundreds of projects like Nelson’s Journey.

“Our last Appeal was a record breaker and all our supporters should be really proud of how they are helping to change to young lives right across the UK.”

To find out more about Nelson’s Journey, log onto www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk or call 01603 431788.

Has your charity received a major cash boost? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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