Staff at Diss-based business Midwich, have raised over £45,000 for Norfolk’s child bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey. The multi-award winning, specialist audio visual (“AV”) distributor to the trade market, with operations across the UK and Ireland, Continental Europe and Asia-Pacific, was delighted to hand over their donation of £45,834.36, following two years of supporting them as its chosen charity.
All money raised will go towards Nelson’s Journey’s work supporting bereaved children and young people, aged 0-17 inclusive, living in Norfolk. Last year over 760 referrals to the charity were made for children needing specialist bereavement support following the death of a significant person in their life, and the money raised by Midwich will enable to charity to continue to support the large volume of referrals coming into the charity on a daily basis.
Midwich’s employees started fundraising in April 2017 through a number of events including; sky diving, quiz nights, cake sales, car washing, a beer sale and silent auctions. 18 staff members also took part in the ‘Whole Hog’ muddy obstacle race in autumn last year raising nearly £1,000 between them. Another team pulled out all the stops for their Christmas raffle, selling £7,500 worth of tickets. A group of volunteers from Midwich also donated their time volunteering at Nelson’s Journey’s headquarters, Smiles House, on National Volunteer Day in 2017 and 2018.
Lesa Orford, Midwich HR Manager commented:
‘We are extremely proud to be able to raise money for Nelson’s Journey. The work that our charity team puts into organising fundraising events is amazing and we’d also like to thank all our staff for supporting these events and donating so generously, so a huge thank you to everyone involved. We know that this money will make a huge difference to Nelson’s Journey.
“Already this year, Nelson’s Journey has received over 300 referrals for children and young people, if pace continues they are set to work with over 1,000 children this year. Nelson’s Journey provide support in a number of ways – from 1:1 support sessions to therapeutic weekends – all of which are completely free to their service users, thanks to the amazing team there and support from local businesses and the Norfolk community.”
Simon Wright, Nelson’s Journey CEO commented:
“The money Midwich has raised has been astonishing. This is the single biggest amount any business has ever raised for Nelson’s Journey in such a short space of time, and will go a long way to helping us to continue to provide our services, free-of-charge, to the growing numbers of children and young people who need it, in the county.
We have been impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the Midwich team; seeing so many of them get involved in so many different ways has been inspiring and we particularly enjoyed meeting the teams who volunteered with us at Smiles House. The impact that a donation this size will make for our services is massive, and we hope that the employees at Midwich are very proud of the difference that they have made to their local community through their two years of support.”