Bespak, have provided Norfolk’s child bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey with 100 ‘Worry Eaters’ after they fundraised £1000 at their Employee Celebration Day earlier in the year.
Bespak, which employs over 700 local workers to produce and supply complex medical devices, has been working with Nelson’s Journey for nearly six months, providing financial support for organised events, individual and group fundraising, and providing staff volunteers to make resources to be used by children during therapeutic interventions. When Nelson’s Journey ran a campaign to purchase 100 Worry Eaters, the charity committee for the company decided to step in and help.
Keyvan Djamarani, Managing Director of Bespak said ‘Nelson’s Journey has been chosen as our Charity of the Year and we are pleased to support the work that they do in our community. It has been a great opportunity to support their ‘Worry Eater’ campaign and we look forward to supporting Nelson’s Journey going forward.’
The charity, who supports children up to the age of 18 who’ve experienced the death of a special person in their life, has been using the resources since early 2015. Puffs Toyshop in Wymondham helped the charity get a great discount for the Worry Eaters, meaning that the money could go even further, purchasing 100 of the dolls, for the price of 85.
Lorna Vyse, Senior Bereavement Support Worker explains ‘These are a fantastic new resource for Nelson’s Journey. In my role we use the Worry Eaters to help bereaved children express their anxieties. We encourage the child to write down their worries which can commonly be things like fear that their remaining parent will also die, that they will catch cancer and that their school friends might not talk to them anymore. A resource like this allows us to get to the bottom of their anxieties, so that we can start helping the children deal with their issues and feel better about themselves and their situation.’
‘This amazing gift of 100 Worry Eaters from Bespak will allow us to give them out, free-of-charge, to the children we are working with who are suffering with fear and anxiety. It’s brilliant that such a prominent local business will be helping to make a real difference to the lives of the bereaved children we support in Norfolk.’
For more information about Nelson’s Journey, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk
About Nelsons Journey
During 2014, Nelson’s Journey saw an increase of nearly 20% in the demand for its service (a 25% increase was experienced in 2013). The Norfolk based charity believe this is largely down to local government funding cuts and scaling down of support services for these vulnerable individuals. During 2014 they received 596 referrals for bereaved children and young people needing support for bereavement issues.
Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 17yrs is a registered charity providing a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive, living in Norfolk, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. We aim to improve the emotional well being of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.
Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’.
It is currently estimated that 1 in 29 school aged children have experienced the death of a parent or sibling, in Norfolk this equates to approximately 3,825 children. This figure is significantly higher when pre-school children and 17 year olds are included.