Donations help youngsters to enjoy trip to King’s Lynn panto

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More than 30 bereaved children will be given a trip to the Christmas pantomime at Lynn’s Corn Exchange this December thanks to a generous donation to Norfolk charity, Nelson’s Journey.

The Wroxham and Hoveton Lions Club have donated more than £450 to buy tickets for the youngsters to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarves this festive season.

Lorna Vyse, senior child bereavement support worker at Nelson’s Journey, said: “It is great that this year, due to the generosity of the Wroxham and Hoveton Lions, we can offer children the chance to go to the panto.

“As well as having fun the children will be able to meet others who have had similar experiences. This type of event is so important to the work of Nelson’s Journey and we are very grateful for the support.”

Nelson’s Journey works with children who’ve experienced the death of a loved one, and aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of bereaved children while helping children to express and understand their emotions.

The charity has received over 80 referrals from West Norfolk this year, making it the highest district in terms of bereaved children referred for support of any in Norfolk.

The Wroxham and Hoveton Lions Club, which has 19 members, aims to serve the elderly, young and disadvantaged in the county, and has been established for over 38 years.

President Dave Barnett said: “Wroxham and Hoveton Lions Club are delighted to continue their support for Nelson’s Journey by purchasing 32 pantomime tickets for families of bereaved children.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for these families to enjoy a trip to the theatre at what can be the most difficult time of the year when they have lost a loved one.”

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