Memorial park donates £5,000 to charity supporting children through bereavement
A cheque for £5,000 has been presented to a child bereavement charity, raised at Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium at Ellough.
The funds will go to Nelson’s Journey to support children in Norfolk struggling after the death of a special person in their life.
The money was raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which the memorial park is a member.
Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
This is the third donation that the memorial park has given to Nelson’s Journey, with over £14,000 having been donated to the charity since 2016.
Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium manager, Richard Houston said: “We are pleased to be able to support the work that Nelson’s Journey do. Locally, many families have used the service and we hope that this donation helps them to continue to provide that much-needed support for children coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.”
Nelson’s Journey was founded in 1997 and celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.
Gena Moore, corporate marketing and funding officer for Nelson’s Journey, said: “We are so grateful for the support of Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium through it’s charitable scheme. To be the recipient of such a huge amount of money will go a long way in the help and support we can provide to children and young people in Norfolk who are dealing with the death of an important person in their life.
“The money received through the scheme so far is enough to allow 57 children and young people to attend a therapeutic residential weekend where they can meet others who have had similar experiences, remember their special person and learn coping mechanisms to deal with their difficult emotions.
“We receive very little statutory funding, so donations like this from the local community help us to continue to meet the demands placed on our service.”