Thanks to Global, we now have £25,000 to fund our new pre-bereavement service across Kent.
The new service will enable us to provide a specific programme of support to families who know someone is going to die, to help them prepare for the death with their children and so support them for as long as they need after the death.
The grant will mean money is ring-fenced to provide the new service across the county.
The money was raised through a national on-air campaign last year and grants were given out to small charities who help disadvantaged children, young people and their families across the UK, specifically to start a new project.
As part of the campaign we were invited up to the Global studios in London and one of the young people we support, Charlotte, joined Heart London’s Breakfast Show host Amanda Holden for a skydive too!
To celebrate the funding announcement, we asked some of the children we support, to make us some posters – to help us to thank Global for the grant – they did a fantastic job!
You can see them on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
Our CEO Caroline Ford, said: “Currently, there are limited pre-bereavement support services available for families in the region affected by the diagnosis of a terminal condition. We aim to change this with our new project. This will provide much-needed pre and post bereavement support to children and young people through a range of specialist interventions to help them cope with their emotions and build lasting memories of their loved one.
“Unfortunately, with the coronavirus, many more families will be facing bereavement who we will be there to support should they need us.”
We’ve had to change how we work during the coronavirus pandemic but we are still here for families who need us. Find out more about how we’re working here.
You can find out how to refer a child or family here.