Time Norfolk is the new name for pregnancy loss charity Pregnancy Choices Norfolk. The launch on July 16 saw a balloon release by BBC Look East’s Jenny Kirk and support from actress Amanda Holden.
by Helen Baldry
Time Norfolk has provided care and support for over 15 years for those facing any kind of pregnancy loss or an unplanned pregnancy.
Around 40 people, including volunteers, trustees, agencies and clients of Time Norfolk witness the release of fifteen balloons – to mark the number of years the Norfolk charity has been in operation – and in remembrance of babies lost to clients. Before releasing the balloons, Jenny Kirk
spoke about her personal experience of miscarriage and how talking through the loss helps with the grieving process. She said, “We all deal with it differently. I have found that talking to people about it really does help.” She commended Time Norfolk for the support and understanding they offer. She said, “They make you realise you are not alone.”
Actress and Britain’s Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden
, gave a video message in support of the work of Time Norfolk. Amanda lost a baby in 2011 while seven months pregnant. She described Time Norfolk as “an amazing charity helping people cope with bereavement and loss.”
Time Norfolk gives time, free of charge, to support anyone who has experienced a pregnancy loss such as a miscarriage, stillbirth or termination. Support is also offered to those facing an unplanned pregnancy, who may want information about the options available to them.
The name change from Pregnancy Choices to TimeNorfolk reflects the unique service provided; giving time to listen to people and giving them time to grieve and to heal. The need for the service is even greater with the reduction of state provision.
Jackie, a volunteer for the charity for 10 years said, “it’s so exciting to see the difference this work makes in people’s lives.” She described meeting people overwhelmed by grief. “We help them process what has happened. We see change and restoration.”
Time Norfolk is funded by charitable donations. They are encouraging more people to give regularly by direct debit through their 80 More campaign
. One-off donations are also very welcome.
For further information on Time Norfolk contact Lesley Bradfield on 01603 482732 or visit the website: www.timenorfolk.org.uk
Time Norfolk 70, Catton Grove Road, Norwich, NR3 3NT