Crowdfunder Success in Staffordshire
Launched in May 2019 on Crowdfunder.co.uk my project 'Helping Children With Loss', to raise funds to help children, parents and carers across Staffordshire raised over £3,000 in 49 days!
As a cause that has affected me personally, following the deaths of my baby daughter Lia, who was born with Infantile Polycystic Kidney Disease and a few years later, my young son Oliver after contracting Pneumonia, I experienced my own difficult journey whilst also witnessing the grief suffered by those around me, in particular my eldest son Tom.
It is because of this that I have been compelled to help others who face the grief and mental challenges that life has thrown at them. Helping children with loss, in particular, is something I am incredibly passionate about.
Currently, there is no provision for parents and carers in Stafford and Staffordshire which provides the necessary tools, confidence and peace of mind when talking to children about sad and emotional events and so with the help of Crowdfunder to kickstart the project my aim is to make the internationally recognised programme ‘Helping Children With Loss’ by Grief Recovery (UK) FREE OF CHARGE to parents and carers across Staffordshire.
As adults we play such a vital role in supporting and educating our children and with over 40 significant losses that a child may face when growing up, how children process the emotional impact of loss is key to their long-term mental and emotional wellbeing.
In the 49 days that the project ran, there were over 50 financial pledges, the largest single pledge being £500 with over 30 businesses, both local and national helping by donating and pledging a range of Crowdfunder rewards for supporters.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated, pledged Crowdfunder rewards, shared and commented on social media and for all of the support, enthusiasm and interest in the project.
The money raised will now enable me to start rolling out the programme to families in Staffordshire which will start at the beginning of the new academic school year in September 2019.
For a detailed look at the Helping Children With Loss programme itself and the benefits to children and families, and if you would like to know more about my story and why Helping Children With Loss is so important to me personally, please download my 28 page booklet below, ‘A Journey of Grief, Loss and Recovery’. It would be wonderful if you can spare some time to read and share it.
Get in touch
Even though the project has ended on Crowdfunder, you can still get involved, promote or contribute, either with a donation or to raise awareness by sharing with as many people as possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 07922 520595 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, would like to enquire about the programme or if you would like to book a place on a course, it would be lovely to hear from you. You can also keep up to date with what I'm doing by following me on Facebook and Twitter.