Gary Stevens, funding and marketing manager at Nelson’s Journey, Brian Long, cabinet member for corporate services, West Norfolk Mayor Lesley Bambridge, Chris Black, Mintlyn Crematorium manager and Simon Wright, chief executive at Nelson’s Journey.

A charity which supports bereaved children and young people has received a £12,000 donation from Mintlyn Crematorium.

The crematorium, which is owned and managed by West Norfolk Council, made the donation to Nelson’s Journey which supports young people aged up to 17-years-old who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. 

The charity aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of the children and young people in a variety of ways including therapeutic residential weekends, therapeutic one-to-one work; as well as guidance and education to parents, carers and professionals.

The money was raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, 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.

Twice a year the institute asks its scheme members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.

Brian Long, cabinet member for corporate services at the council, said: “Nelson’s Journey carry out incredible work supporting bereaved children and young people in our area.

“For 25 years they have been supporting our young people, professionals in the county who work with children, such as teachers and health workers, to help raise awareness of issues that affect bereaved children. 

“I appreciate the valuable work they carry out and thank Mintlyn staff for organising this donation.”

Gary Stevens, funding and marketing manager at Nelson’s Journey, said: “This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of the bereaved children in Norfolk that we support.  

“Last year 18 per cent of our bereavement referrals came from King’s Lynn, making it the second highest area of our support.” 

Mr Stevens thanked Mr Long for putting the charity forward for the donation.

He added: “We are not directly funded by government or councils so this means a lot to us.”

Find out more information about Nelson’s Journey at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk.