Heacham youngster helps Nelson’s Journey

Danny Bailey proudly presents the cheque for �4,014.19p to Nelson's Journey's senior child bereavement worker, Lorna Vyse.   On his right is his mother Nicky Bailey and, behind, head teacher Louise Jackson Photo: PETER BIRD ANL-160418-101139001

Danny Bailey proudly presents the cheque for �4,014.19p to Nelson's Journey's senior child bereavement worker, Lorna Vyse. On his right is his mother Nicky Bailey and, behind, head teacher Louise Jackson Photo: PETER BIRD ANL-160418-101139001

The family of Heacham youngster Danny Bailey have handed over a cheque for £4,014 to Nelson’s Journey as a thank-you for all its support.

Danny, aged seven, and his mum Nicky wanted to give something back to the charity for all the help that they have received from them following the loss of Danny’s dad, Mark Bailey, in August 2014.

Nicky said: “Nelson’s Journey helped to pick us up and put us back on our feet. They were there for us, when we were in no state to think clearly, with much-needed advice and guidance.

“After a year, they arranged for us to go the Marham Family Day, this was the first time since it happened that Danny really put all his worries to one side and enjoyed the day as a child his age should be able to.

“It was wonderful to see him get his smile back.”

The coffee morning in aid of Nelson’s Journey was held on Friday, April 1, and was busy from the moment the doors opened.

There were drinks, cakes, tombolas, raffles as well as jewellery and home-made card stalls.

There were games such as guess-the-weight of the cake and a sweepstake, too.

Danny said: “I absolutely loved it and I think everybody else enjoyed it, too. I felt very loved when I realised there were so many people helping us and giving attention to Nelson’s Journey.”

There was a lovely, friendly community atmosphere and people left with armfuls of prizes and bags full of cake.

Nicky said: “The support that we received from family, friends, acquaintances and a very high number of people we’d never even met before was absolutely overwhelming.

“It’s been very heart-warming to know that so many people were behind us with this. There are too many individuals and companies to name but I would like to thank everyone that supported us.”

The coffee morning stalls raised £771 and the raffle made £1,208. This was added to the proceeds made from Danny’s non-uniform day at school, all the generous donations given and money collected from all the items that were sold for the cause.

Last year Nelson’s Journey supported 631 children and young people. The charity relies heavily on the support of the local community.

Sarah Hyde, from Nelson’s Journey, said: “Nicky and Danny have been absolutely amazing fundraisers, their enthusiasm for our charity is inspirational and we are so thankful for their recent support. They raised a whopping £4014.59 which could fund 16 children and young people to attend one of our residential weekends, which offers therapeutic activities and helps to build on confidence.

“On behalf of everyone at Nelson’s Journey I would just like to extend our thanks once again to this lovely mother-son duo!”

The children and young people who attend are also given coping strategies to help make that step to moving forward positively with their lives.

“I can honestly say that the fundraising efforts of Nicky and Danny will make a huge difference to the young people that access our support.