Turkey ball raises thousands for bereavement charity

James Shipp of Great Yarmouth Round Table and Lovewell Blake (holding cheque, left) and Lewis Nichol

James Shipp of Great Yarmouth Round Table and Lovewell Blake (holding cheque, left) and Lewis Nicholas from Bateman Groundworks (second right), present the cheque to Simon Wright of Nelson’'s Journey, watched by members of Round Table and Nelson’'s Journey staff and supporters Picture: Great Yarmouth Round Table - Credit: Great Yarmouth Round Table

A bereavement charity has profited from a ‘turkey ball’ that raised a far from paltry sum.

The ball is a traditional event organised by the Round Table, where members dress as turkeys and chefs and perform the ‘turkey trott’, before carving turkey for guests.

This year the event was in aid of Norfolk’s children’s and young people’s bereavement support charity, Nelson’s Journey, and 420 people were in attendance at the Ocean Rooms in Gorleston.

Through ticket sales, an auction and a raffle £13,000 was raised for the charity.

Receiving the cheque, Simon Wright, chief executive of Nelson’s Journey, said: “The funds raised by the Turkey Ball are sufficient for us to pay for one of our professional support workers, and the resources that they will use with bereaved children, for more than 6 months.

“That will make such a positive difference to the lives of many children at a difficult time.”