Meet Oliver – the brilliant 7-year-old who is selling his drawings to fundraise for Holding On Letting Go.
We first met Oliver at one of our bereavement support weekends, after he was struggling with his thoughts and feelings after his great-grandad died earlier in the year.
Having found the support weekend useful in helping him to manage his grief, he decided he wanted to ‘pay back’ something to us and turned to his love of drawing.
He held a stall at his family home in Harrietsham, selling his drawings to friends, family, neighbours and the local community – he was even asked for a commission, to draw a picture of a local lady’s dog who had died.
He’d hoped to raise £200, but has now raised just over £400, saying: “Debbie will be so proud!” – referring to our Clinical Lead, Debbie McSwiney.
And of course, she was – especially when she met him again to give him a certificate to say thank you.
The cost to our charity of supporting each child is £300, so Oliver has made sure that another child can be supported.
Oliver’s mum Louise is now organising another fundraising event for us – ‘Candlelit Memories’ – a memorial event to allow people to come and remember their loved ones.
The remembrance event is on Sunday 3rd December from 4pm – 7pm at Harrietsham Village Hall.
Guests will be able to light a candle, send a letter to heaven, write Christmas tree messages, enjoy hearing some singing, hot food and drink and browse the market stalls.
You can find out more on the Facebook event page here