A charity helping bereaved children to cope with their loss has received a £4,412 cheque presented by West Norfolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson.
The presentation was made to Nelson’s Journey at the Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn. The donation was raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn is a member.
Under the scheme, metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased.
The institute asks members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones.
In the five years that Mintlyn has been part of the scheme, around £20,000 has been donated locally.
This year, staff at Mintlyn nominated Nelson’s Journey.
Founded in 1997 by a group of Norfolk social workers, Nelson’s Journey supports bereaved children in Norfolk by providing therapeutic breaks and the chance to talk to professionals and other young people about their loss.
Mrs Watson, said: “Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is an experience that can be extremely traumatic, particularly for young people.
“We are pleased to be able to support, in some small way, the fantastic work that Nelson’s Journey does to help bereaved children in Norfolk.”
Thanking the crematorium, Ms Plunkett, funding officer for Nelson’s Journey, added: “This amount of money could provide the resources required to provide an intensive weekend of bereavement activities for more than 24 children and young people, providing them with coping strategies and tools, opportunities to remember their special person, talk about their experiences and meet other children in similar circumstances.”