Volunteers rewarded for support at Sheringham celebration

Volunteers with Colin LangL-R: Stephen Bowers, Sophie Berry, Julie Andrews, Debbie Tooke, Dawn Jes

Volunteers with Colin LangL-R: Stephen Bowers, Sophie Berry, Julie Andrews, Debbie Tooke, Dawn Jessett, Lorna Vyse, Colin Lang, Fiona Caull, DanI Winteringham, Richard Grant - Credit: submitted

Volunteers have been recognised and rewarded for their support helping a children's bereavement charity.

Nelson's Journey held their first Volunteers' Celebration Day and Party at Hilltops Outdoor Centre in Sheringham at the end of February.

More than 35 volunteers and their partners joined Nelson's Journey staff and trustees for an evening to celebrate the introduction of the NJ Volunteer Reward Programe which started in January this year.

The charity, which helps bereaved children, records the time invested by volunteers in three parallel ways in order to ensure that all volunteers are recognised; residential weekend volunteers, activity day volunteers and fundraising volunteers.

After a buffet dinner, CEO Colin Lang presented gold, silver and bronze awards to the longest-serving volunteers. Each person received a certificate and pin badge in recognition of their contribution.

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The residential weekends are held at Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Sheringham and last from Friday night till Sunday evening. During the camps, volunteers assist the child bereavement team with the programme of activities, giving children the opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances.

Mr Lang said: 'This event is our way of saying 'thank you' for the vital support each one of our volunteers gives us – we're truly grateful. They are an essential part of the team and are hugely appreciated.'

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