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Nelson’s Journey receive £12,000 donation from Mintlyn Crematorium

Published: Wednesday, 27th July 2022

Mintlyn Crematorium, which is owned and managed by the borough council, has raised £12,000 to donate to Nelson’s Journey. A charity that supports children and young people in Norfolk with bereavement.

Norfolk based charity Nelson's Journey supports children and young people aged up to 17 years old that have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. They aim to improve the emotional well-being of the children and young people in a variety of ways including therapeutic residential weekends, therapeutic 1:1 work; as well as guidance and education to parents, carers and professionals.

The money has been 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. 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.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, 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 affects 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% of our bereavement referrals came from King’s Lynn, making it the second highest area of our support. I would also like to personally thank Brian Long for taking the time to respond to my email and for putting us forward. We are not directly funded by Government or Councils so this means a lot to us.”

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