Lynn cub scout leader completes run for charity

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A Lynn cub scout leader has undertaken the Great North Run to raise money for Nelson’s Journey.

John Bowen, from Gaywood, took on the marathon for the child bereavement charity after hearing about them through the charity committee he sits on at his employers Bespak.

Mr Bowen, a cub scout leader at the 7th King’s Lynn group, and several other colleagues from Bespak have done much to raise money to help support children and young people.

He completed the 13.1 mile route around Newcastle Upon Tyne in just two hours and 34 seconds.

Mr Bowen, who raised a magnificent £1, 468 said: “It was an honour to take part in the Great North Run for Nelson’s Journey.

“Having now witnessed some of the great work Nelson’s Journey is doing in the area, it makes it even more special that I could help in some way to support children who need their services.”

Gena Moore, corporate funding and marketing officer for the charity said: “It’s amazing that John wanted to take on such an iconic run for Nelson’s Journey, and raised so much.

“We worked with nearly 100 children and young people in the King’s Lynn area last year, so the money he has raised will really go a long way towards helping support bereaved children in his area.”

Bespak, which employs more than 700 workers to produce and supply complex medical devices, has been supporting the work of Nelson’s Journey since May 2015, donating over £7,500.

Staff have participated in volunteering days, making resources to be used by the bereaved children, and supplying 100 ‘worry eater’ dolls to the charity.

Nelson’s Journey, which saw the greatest ever demand on its services in 2015 with more than 630 children referred for bereavement support, works with families across the county, after the death of a significant person.