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November 2018

Katherine Jenkins OBE, and Grief Encounter patron, launched Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2018 with the online video release of track, ‘Jealous of The Angels’. The song, launched on 15th November, from her soon to be released album, ‘Guiding Light’, has been performed with the Grief Encounter Children’s Choir, featuring 14 bereaved children aged from 5 – 11 years old.

Losing her own father to cancer at the age of 15, Katherine comments, “When I was 15 and getting over the death of my father, I saw an amazing grief counsellor who helped me process what had happened & helped me understand my feelings. I really don’t think I would be this person today without that help. Grief Encounter is an incredibly important charity which does just that – works with children who’ve lost a parent or a sibling and helps them come out of it the other side. Singing with the Grief Encounter Choir was an afternoon of my life that I’ll never forget. We laughed, we cried, we shared stories over pizza & remembered those we were singing for. Thank you to the boys and girls who stole my heart – I can’t wait to sing with you again!”

The Grief Encounter Children’s Choir, one of the unique therapeutic services offered by the charity, was set up to provide alternate creative therapy for children who did not feel comfortable with, or are unable to benefit from, traditional counselling methods. Dr. Shelley Gilbert MBE, founder of Grief Encounter comments “At Grief Encounter, we offer services from the age of 3 years old. With those very young children who are not able to express themselves verbally, or even those who are older but not in a position to explain how they feel, we give them alternate therapeutic tools to play, have fun and express themselves through a creative medium such as singing. No child is too young for support. We are thrilled that Katherine has helped us with this project, identifying with the children, who so treasured spending this memorable day with her.”

If you would like to donate, please click here for Katherine’s Facebook page or you can text ‘LOSS’ to 70660 to donate £5 to Grief Encounter.

The story was picked up on BBC, Metro and Yahoo News among many others.

September 2018

We are proud to announce we have been working in partnership with Miffy on the republication of Dick Bruna’s pioneering picture book ‘dear grandma bunny’.

“At Grief Encounter we know that the death of a grandparent is often a child’s first encounter with the loss of someone important in their life. Using books, such as ‘dear grandma bunny’, will help children explore their emotional responses to death and bereavement, whilst encouraging the subject of dying and grief to become less taboo. Characters like Miffy can certainly help to ease the way we communicate with children about their understanding of life and death as they grow up.” Liz Dempsey, Clinical Services Director.

‘dear grandma bunny’ can be found at Waterstones – https://bit.ly/2NjX3Ll

August 2018

We would like to say a huge thank you to Safestore for offering free storage to our charity. This has freed up space at our Clinical location, which means we have more room to meet families in need of our support. We are so grateful for their support. For more information about Safestore, click here.

July 2018

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that actress, BBC Strictly Finalist and Breakfast Hits Radio UK host Gemma Atkinson has become a Grief Encounter Patron!

Gemma knows first-hand how devastating bereavement can be, she says: “I am delighted to announce that I have come on board as a Patron of the charity Grief Encounter. Having lost my Dad aged 17 very suddenly I know just how heart-breaking and confusing grief is to navigate. The work that Grief Encounter do to support children of all ages after they lose a parent or a sibling is so important and I feel passionately about all children having the right support to process their grief.”

We are so honoured to have you on board!

Child Bereavement UK

June 2018 – Remembering Grenfell

The horrific scenes we all witnessed on Wednesday 14th June 2017 has stayed in our minds long after the flames were extinguished. At Grief Encounter we knew that such a traumatic event would have a huge and profound impact on the community and families involved. In the days immediately after the fire we set about providing our services, completely free of charge, to help the children directly affected. We were in the local schools, present at community gatherings and survivors’ meetings, making sure that those whose lives had been turned upside down knew Grief Encounter were there to support them.

Over the last year we have continued our work in the area, in partnership with local survivor associations such as Grenfell United and other community groups. Here are some examples of what support we have been providing;

  • In local schools we provided immediate support in the aftermath of the tragedy, helping staff and students who were in a state of intense shock and overwhelmed with sadness. We have continued our work in several schools providing specialist training for staff on how best to support bereaved and traumatised children.
  • In August 2017 we ran a two-week Summer Community Project at the local Playground Theatre, which was run by our therapists, who are all specialists in grief and trauma work. The project supported around 190 children, allowing them to explore and discuss their emotions in a safe space. One mother commented that after the project her son left feeling; “focused, wanting to return and excited about returning….He really enjoyed it and it allowed him to come out of his shell.”
  • In December 2017, around 150 children affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, spent time learning to sing and dance with several stars of West End shows. One of the families that attended had lost a staggering 17 friends in the fire, and were still processing their trauma and loss. The arts workshops provided a safe space for children to come and make friends, and share their experiences. We also had a separate space for parents to sit and talk and speak to our therapists, so that they too felt supported
  • On May 13th 2018, in partnership with Action for Children and the Metropolitan Police, we held a memorial called Remembering Together, at the foot of the tower. The Memorial was an opportunity for the grieving children to have their own occasion to remember their loved ones. Overseen by faith leaders from North Kensington, the day began with multi-faith prayers, followed by tributes to those that had died. The bereaved youngsters created a “tree of life” made up of their hand prints, performed a song dedicated to the West London community and created a heart-shaped wreath of flowers that was placed (by a police officer) on the roof of the tower. Designed by the children themselves, the service was their unique way of remembering the loved ones they have lost.

The last year has been a traumatic and tumultuous time for those children affected by the fire, and the mental scars left by the tragedy will take time to heal. It is our aim, that with our continued commitment and support we will help these youngsters as they come to terms with their grief.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of those that have already donated to our Grenfell Appeal, which has helped fund our services to date. To continue our vitally important work with the children and families affected, we need continued support.

Please help us by texting the word LOSS to 70660 to donate £5 or follow this link to donate online or set up a direct debit donation.

Contact us on contact@griefencounter.org.uk if you require any more information on our services and our work with the Grenfell survivors community.

May 2018

Huge thank you to everyone who supported us at our Evening of Entertainment! The night was a great success, filled with smiles, tears and laughter.

The generosity shown by the audience members was truly staggering and that, along with our Brochure and sponsorship by David Rubin & Partners, helped raise in excess of £150,000!

At a time when referrals are at an all time high, this money will enable us to continue offering our support to children and young people in their darkest hours.

Thank you also to the Arts Depot and fantastic acts: Lee Nelson, Hal Cruttenden, Adandoman and Katherine Mills.

 

April 2018

Congratulations to all our wonderful Grief Encounter runners from yesterday’s London Marathon.

They all battled the extreme heat and 26.2 mile race course to cross the finish line with their (sweaty!) heads held high! Together they raised an astonishing collective total of £41,643.75, including Gift Aid, and that figure has continued to rise today! Putting this into context, that is enough money to provide 1-2-1 therapeutic support for over 20 children for an entire year.

You can read more about why Dan (https://bit.ly/2n4P31J) and Sam (https://bit.ly/2BXEMgH) decided to raise awareness of and vital fund for Grief Encounter. If you would like to be part of Team GE 2019 then please contact claire@griefencounter.org.uk

 

February 2018

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You can listen again to our Communications Manager, Claire Richman, who appeared on The Kaye Adams Programme yesterday talking about her bereavement experience and some of the services we offer at Grief Encounter.

Also interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland were WAY – Widowed And Young members Ali and Lucy, as well as Cruse Bereavement Care, discussing coping with children and bereavement after experiences of Simon Thomas.

Listen here – https://chirb.it/tKr4y6

 

January 2018

Ever wanted to do something incredible for charity whilst having the journey of a lifetime? Then this is your year!

Join us for our #KilimanjaroClimb Charity Challenge and help support children and their families with this once in a life time journey. Contact us if you are interested at carly@griefencounter.org.uk

Find out more here; http://bit.ly/GEKilimanjaroChallenge#BelieveAchieveInspire

December 2017

Message from Richard Fogelman, CEO at Grief Encounter

“The last year has seen our charity continue to expand and help more people than ever before. This simply would not have been possible without all of you, and for that I want to say a big thank you!

Whether you’re a regular supporter, have just attended your first fundraising event, run a marathon for us, or simply saw a Facebook post which a friend shared, you have all helped us in supporting bereaved children during their darkest moments.

We look forward to sharing an exciting 2018 with you all!

 

November 2017

Jo O’Connor, along with some dedicated friends, put on a Race Night with the aim to raise some money for Grief Encounter. Jo’s husband Paul died unexpectedly in August this year, leaving behind Jo and their daughters. The event took place on Friday 10th November at the Life of Reilly pub in Belmont with over 200 people in attendance. Tickets for horses, raffle tickets and donations on the night raised an astonishing £10,000 for Grief Encounter.

October 2017

 

Grenfell Appeal: Our focus continues to be working closely with the families, providing regular counselling to those in need. We will also be delivering Remembrance Workshops and a therapeutic Winter Camp over the festive break. Thank you for helping us support these children and allowing the emotional healing to begin.

 

 

September 2017

We are thrilled that so many of you have been able to support the charity by attending our recent fundraising events.These have included the Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert at Cadogan Hall, Annual Golf Day and An Evening With Al Murray at the Arts Depot. These three events alone raised an incredible £90,000 to help support bereaved children.

August 2017  

Grief Encounter, one of the UK’s leading child bereavement charities, has announced Harold Gittelmon as its new Chair of Trustees.

Harold Gittelmon, a venture capitalist and serial investor, was CEO of large duty free retailer for thirteen years until stepping up to chairman last year. He has taken over the role as Chair of Trustees, effective immediately, from Jeremy Tobias-Tarsh.

Richard Fogelman, CEO Grief Encounter, said: ‘This is a hugely positive and exciting appointment for the charity. Harold brings with him a wealth of charity experience to his new role as Chair of Trustees, at a time when Grief Encounter is expanding its output from our core services into community based projects. The first of these is working with The Good Grief Trust and Jake Walker Music to provide a summer camp of creative and emotional support for those directly affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. We are thrilled that Harold will be taking on this role, using his knowledge of the business and charity world with which to lead our Board.”

July 2017

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We are embarking on a summer community project, in collaboration with Jake Walker Music, The Good Grief Trust and the Playground Theatre, to help around 100 children who have been directly affected by the tragic events of Grenfell Tower. These children have witnessed the most horrific, unimaginable events and we are undertaking a long term commitment to offering bereavement and grief services to them.

We are also part of the newly formed APPG group, in collaboration with the Good Grief Trust, and will begin this work in September 2017.

Grief Encounter Grenfell Tower Appeal

We have launched the Grief Encounter Grenfell Tower Appeal, directly supporting the delivery of our bereavement services to those affected. Donations of money and goods to the victims have been overwhelming, thus we only wish to offer direct services to the local schools, community centres and families, offering 1-1 counselling, workshops and more. As a free service, we have already begun our work with the teams at Grenfell, however we are aware that this will be a long term project, offering support to those involved for as long as they need it. Due to this, we ask that you would be able to donate to us, and our Grenfell Tower fund, so that we are able to continue to offer our much needed services.

You can donate to our Grenfell Tower Fund here. We need support to be able to offer our clinical team on site at local schools and community centres, holding 1-1 counselling and workshops for those affected. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help!

May 2017

Did you see the new McDonalds TV advert? What did you think?

 

 

After receiving countless calls from parents saying their bereaved children had been upset by the advert we decided we had a duty to contact the press.

The controversial advert shows a boy asking his mum about his absent dad, sparking her to reminisce about what he was like. The contention arose as the boy seemingly had nothing in common with his (presumably) deceased father except his choice of eating a Filet-o-Fish.

Once we had addressed this issue publicly, McDonalds decided to pull their advert from the air.

You can read some of the coverage here – Independent, Standard, Telegraph, Sky, CNBC, BBC, Daily Mail, OK and Guardian

April 2017

Watch our new Pledge Film here:

March 2017

Grief Encounter advise on BBC documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

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Grief Encounter and our Ambassador Ben Brooks-Dutton worked very closely with the BBC to advise on the incredibly powerful and moving film that was aired on BBC One on 28 March. You can watch again until 23 April here.

The former Manchester United footballer, 38, gave an insight into life without his late wife Rebecca Ellison. Grief Encounter Ambassador Ben Brooks-Dutton also starred in the film and wrote about the experience on his blog here.

 

January 2017

Who’s watching BBC EastEnders tonight? Honesty may not be the easiest way to tell your children that mummy or daddy has died, but it is the only way to allow your children to understand and to grieve. Grief Encounter offer support every step of the way; we’re featured in The Mirror online and Digital Spy offering our views on the storyline, and our advice on how to tell children a family member has died. Thank you to those who shared their story with us on Facebook this week, you’ve had a mention in the article too.

December 2016

Grief Encounter and The Rainbow Centre Partner, Increasing Nationwide Bereavement Support

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Bristol based charity, The Rainbow Centre for Children, is set to partner with UK leading bereavement charity, Grief Encounter.

The Rainbow Centre for Children has been providing bereavement therapy and support to children and their families in Bristol and Bath for the last 30 years, and as a result of the partnership, will be able to increase support services offered, whilst servicing a greater area.

Whilst The Rainbow Centre are currently only able to support 2% of bereaved children in their local area, working with Grief Encounter means that professional and innovative support will be available to more children, and their families, in their local area.

Jonathan Phillips, Co-Chair of Trustees at The Rainbow Centre for Children said: “After lengthy evaluation of our services, we have been exploring how best to develop our offering to children who have lost a parent. We felt joining forces with an established charity meant families in Bristol would have access to the best possible support in the future. Grief Encounter represents our original vision, so we’re confident the service offering will thrive and grow in the local area.”

The Grief Encounter at The Rainbow Centre programme will include one to one counselling and family days.

“Grief Encounter is proud to be working with The Rainbow Centre for Children, increasing our nationwide reach and ensuring that the needs of bereaved children and young people will be met. Together, our main priority is to develop the services already offered in Bristol, accessing more families and giving more children and young people opportunities to grieve positively; supported by our team of professional counsellors. We will retain the reputation and environment already built by The Rainbow Centre, whilst bringing in our unique services and programmes.” Comments Richard Fogelman, CEO, Grief Encounter.

Jonathan adds: “’Grief Encounter at The Rainbow Centre’ will continue to be based in Knowle. Service users will see very little difference, however there will be positive changes in the range of help that families will have access to. Anyone who has made a donation or fundraised for us can also be assured that their money will continue to be used to provide therapy to bereaved families as it was intended.”

November 2016

Shopping Day 2016

shopping-day-homepage-sliderThe Shopping Day held on 22nd November was a great success! Despite the cold, hundreds of people turned up to shop the stalls. There was plenty to choose from with gifts, clothing, shoes, babywear, books, flowers, jewellery and plenty more!

Shoppers also won fantastic prizes on the Tree of Life where every ticket meant a prize.

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event and raised money for bereaved children.

 

 

 

Children’s Grief Awareness Week is here!

cupcakeFrom 17th – 23rd November, Children’s Grief Awareness Week will be running across the UK. Launching with Forever Night on Thursday 17th, we will be raising awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.

We also have a partnership with Lola’s Cupcakes to launch a limited edition Grief Encounter Cupcake in stores from today until the 23rd November! Get to your nearest Lola’s now to buy your very own yummy cupcake! Priced at £4, 25% will go directly to Grief Encounter to help bereaved children and young people in the UK! Enjoy a cupcake and do good at the same time.

 

October 2016

Win the chance to design your own Christmas Card Collection, exclusively with Thortful.com!

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This festive season, Grief Encounter are excited to partner with online greeting card company, Thortful. We are giving one little budding artist the chance to design a 4 card Charity Christmas card collection, in aid of Grief Encounter.

Ask your children: “What does Christmas make you think of, and who do you think of at Christmas time?” #thortofyou. Give them a pen and paper, and let them do the rest! The winning image will be turned into a bestselling Christmas Card, along with 3 further designs that will be created with head designer Ben at Thortful HQ. 

Send in your children’s designs via Instagram @griefencounter and #thortofyou OR to sam@griefencounter.org.uk for a chance to win a day at Thortful HQ (London) with head designer Ben, who will produce your design and three further cards, to be sold online exclusively at Thortful. Thortful will be donating 10% of all card sold to Grief Encounter from November 23rd – December 25th, so get shopping!

The winning collection will be launched at the Grief Encounter shopping day on 22nd November in London.

We can’t wait to see your designs, so get drawing! Deadline 1.11.16

See more here

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Richard Fogelman, Chief Operating Officer of Grief Encounter since 2013, has been appointed as the new CEO, effective from Friday 14th October 2016. He takes over from Dr. Shelley Gilbert MBE, founder of the charity, and CEO since 2003.

Established in 2003 by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, Grief Encounter provides free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.  Grief Encounter offers a wide range of services including individual one-to-one counselling, group workshops and family remembrance days; Grief Encounter also provides best practice training for schools, organisations and professionals.

Dr. Shelley Gilbert MBE will remain actively involved in the charity, taking on the newly created role of President, and Trustee. Her role will largely focus on the clinical side of Grief Encounter.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: “I am taking on the role of Chief Executive of Grief Encounter at a time when its services and campaigns are needed more than ever. Numbers of bereaved children and young people are currently 1 in 29 under the age of 16, and our role in providing accessible support to them is crucial. Dr. Shelley Gilbert MBE has founded and maintained an outstanding organization and service offering, and I hope to build on her success, fulfilling our joint objective; and working closely with everyone involved with the charity”.

Dr. Shelley Gilbert MBE, President, said: “Moving forward to the position of President, Richard was an obvious choice to carry on the work of CEO, a lot of which we already do together at Grief Encounter. During his time with the charity, he has made an exceptional contribution and believes passionately in our aim to improve young people’s lives following the death of a loved one. Richard has helped steer the charity through a period of growth and change, with foresight and dedication.  We are delighted that he will be taking on the role, bringing new ideas and a fresh leadership style to support our team.”

September 2016

 

Grief Encounter wins another award!

Grief Encounter is proud to announce that our unique, specialist resource, the ‘Grief Encounter Workbook’, has been Highly Commended in the British Medical Association Patient Information Awards 2016!

July 2016

_90503119_003402350-1Whilst promoting the issue of mental health, Prince Harry has commented that he regrets not opening up about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was a child.

The prince commented, “It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.”

“A lot of people think if you’ve got a job, if you’ve got financial security, if you’ve got a family, you’ve got a house, all that sort of stuff, everyone seems to think that is all you need and you are absolutely fine to deal with stuff,” he continued.

Talking with sporting personality Rio Ferdinand, whose wife died of cancer in 2015, Prince Harry opened up about the issues he has faced since Princess Diana died. The former England and Manchester United footballer, and father of three, said: “He’s gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards. So to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways.”

Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, founder of leading UK bereavement charity Grief Encounter comments, “We are absolutely overjoyed that Prince Harry, for the first time, has been vocal about regretting his inability to talk about the death of his mother in his childhood. Not least because by him being open about this subject, he is giving bereaved children a mission to talk more openly about grief to friends, family, peers and carers. It’s not only about children ‘opening up’ and talking, but also about adults taking responsibility for listening. Hearing those thoughts and feelings are a major part of helping the grieving process, and allowing children to make sense of their grief. There are so many ways we can encourage children to talk about their grief, and at Grief Encounter to create opportunities for them to grieve in positive ways, in a safe and controlled environment.”

Shelley has commented on BBC Radio 5 Live, ITV News and LBC today, 25th July. Please visit our press pages for more information.

If you’re struggling to talk to a child about bereavement and are seeking advice, please call us on 0208 371 8455 or email support@griefencounter.org.uk

July 2016

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We are delighted to announce that critically acclaimed comedian Al Murray, has joined Grief Encounter as our new patron for 2016.

Having joined us as the face of ‪#‎FunnyEncounter‬, in association with Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2015, Al recognised the positive effects of humour in overcoming grief in children and young people; “As a father of two daughters, I do everything in my power to love and protect them, but one in 20 children suffers the unthinkable tragedy of losing a parent. I’ve admired the work that Grief Encounter does for a long time and now feel it’s my place to help raise awareness of what they do. They support children who have gone through the unimaginable, losing a parent or sibling, and they need our support in order to carry out their vital work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.”

 

Grief Encounter took 17 Families (41 Participants) on our Annual Fishing Trip generously donated to us. On a beautiful sunny day our families enjoyed a day of fishing, nature walks and ice creams to cool us down. Despite a family of ducks causing a bit of mischief (by gobbling up our bait) many fish were caught resulting in a wonderful trip.

 

We had our Summer Story Workshop with 9 Families (20 Participants). Our Adults and Young People’s groups all explored the story, “The Boy Who Built A Wall Around Himself”, which was then followed by our popular pizza dinner.

I would just like to say thank you very much. At bed time tonight I asked my son how his day was.

He replied. ‘I had a great time mummy. I feel like normal, you know all the kids were the same.’ This is a massive thing to us, so thank you for enabling him to so beautifully express himself. ”

Mum who attended our Summer Story Workshop.

June 2016

ANNUAL COMEDY EVENING

We had an incredible night at the Comedy Evening where guests were treated to an evening filled with laughter as well as wonderful words from Molly Schiller about her brother Max to whom the night was dedicated. Comedian Lee Nelson hosted the night keeping us in fits of giggles. Showstoppers The Musical made up an improvised musical based on suggestions from the audience which was entitled “Love in the Croydon A+E”. The West End stars sang in the style of Disney, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables and plenty more in their brilliant spontaneous production. Nick Einhorn absolutely wowed the audience with incredible magic and audience participation. A fabulous night all round and thanks to all who came.

 

May 2016

NWP_5133We’re delighted to announce that Olivia Wayne, one of the most recognised faces at Sky Sports News, has agreed to become a Grief Encounter Ambassador!

“Grief and loss are such devastating concepts to try to deal with at any ages, but they are especially devastating for children. The work that Grief Encounter does on a daily basis is completely brilliant and essential, and I am delighted to be a Grief Encounter Ambassador, hoping to support, promote and help the charity however I can.”

 

April 2016

Watch Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, Founder and CEO of Grief Encounter TEDxWarwick talk entitled ‘How to Lose Friends and Empty a Room’.

March 2016

ELY CATHEDRAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

Kevin Wells and Jason Fretwell hosted a black tie charity ball at Ely Cathedral raising in excess of £10,000! Afterwards, the wonderful Sid Bibby Turf & Landscaping Ltd generously repaired the damaged grass outside the Cathedral, after a mixture of supplier vans and wet weather, at a cost only to themselves so that our charity didn’t lose any of the money raised! You can read the story here – http://bit.ly/24UXOes

MUCH LOVED

Much Loved, a resource offering people a way of creating a tribute page to the person they have lost was launched. See our here for more details.

February 2016

LEGO® – REBUILDING LIVES

Highgate School donated 153.2kg of LEGO® to Grief Encounter making them the winning school from our competition launched during Children’s Grief Awareness Week. Other schools who took part include University College School, The Hall School, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (prep department), Aldenham School and Edge Grove.

January 2016

BASE FASHION

Base Fashion (www.basefashion.co.uk) now has the option at their online check out (for every purchase) to donate £1 to Grief Encounter.

MACHU PICCHU TREK

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s fundraising challenge is a trek to Machu Picchu! During the trip you’ll see diverse and spectacular scenery, as you encounter a way of Peruvian life that has remained untouched for centuries. You will also have the opportunity to meet the local communities, visit a local school supported by Charity Challenge, as well as visit one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. The trek will last 10 days (inclusive of overnight flights) and the provisional date is 15th October returning to Heathrow on 25th October. Click here for the full itinerary.

November 2015

COMEDY ENCOUNTER SUPPORTING CGAW UK 2015

Give yourself a giggle and watch top UK comedians, including Al Murray Pub Landlord and Lee Nelson, give grief the funny treatment. Show support for Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK by promoting the use of humour to face adversity, and watch their showstoppers here:

October 2015

NEW PATRONS FOR GRIEF ENCOUNTER ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce that much loved English actress and celebrity chef Lisa Faulkner, journalist, TV presenter and entrepreneur Martin Lewis OBE, and reigning MasterChef champion, Simon Wood, have become Grief Encounter Patrons!

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“My mum died when I was 16 and I know this experience has shaped who I am today. I remember her being ill for a couple of years, but was preoccupied with making friends and going out like any other teenager. Once she died I found that I couldn’t identify with anyone and felt completely alone. I wish Grief Encounter had existed when I was younger; thank goodness it now does and supports bereaved children. I’m honoured to be a Grief Encounter Patron and help spread the word that support is available.”

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“I lost my mother, suddenly, tragically, devastatingly, two days before I was 12. Things were done differently then, so my sister and I didn’t have counselling. The scars from it are still so deep that even now, over thirty years later, it is still painful for me to talk about. With Grief Encounter I desperately hope our current generation going through their own pain, will get the help they need.”

 

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“My dad passed away when I was just 12 years old. For anyone losing a parent knows, it’s an incredibly emotional, shocking and bewildering time. To have had the guidance from Grief Encounter at that time would have been invaluable. I am honoured to be asked to be a patron of the charity to help them continue the exceptional work they do ensuring bereaved children get the care and support they need.”

 

 

September 2015

MY 1ST YEARS PARTNERS WITH GRIEF ENCOUNTER!

web_box_image_6My 1st Years, the UK’s fastest growing personalised baby brand, has partnered with Grief Encounter to help us continue our vital work. Launching a bespoke product range of picture frames and memory boxes, this exciting young company will be donating £1 from every purchase made to our work with bereaved families, using their network of loyal fans to raise awareness of a cause both organisations hold dear.

The My 1st Years signature personalisation processes add a unique touch to their product range, ensuring each item will become part of a treasured memory which little ones can hold onto forever. This approach focuses on the importance of building a happy memory collection, which is vital to the work that Grief Encounter does and we look forward to exploring our continuing partnership.

My 1st Years was established in 2010 and has since become the number one destination for personalised gifts for newborns and beyond. The brand has over 75,000 customers and a further 75,000 highly engaged followers on their various social media channels, whilst stockists include John Lewis, Not on the High Street and Selfridges – along with their own retail site www.my1styears.com. The brand has developed a celebrity following and counts Elton John, Danny Minogue, Kate Winslet, Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton amongst its loyal fans…perhaps you’ll be next? See the My 1st Years website for more information here – www.my1styears.com/our-community/working-with-charity

August 2015

GRIEF ENCOUNTER COMEDY NIGHT RAISES IN EXCESS OF £170,000!

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Thank you to everyone who came to support our Grief Encounter Comedy Night 2015 on Saturday 13th June. The evening was the most successful comedy fundraiser to date, raising in excess of £170,000 to help bereaved children.

Lee Nelson (@RealLeeNelson) returned as the charismatic compère who whipped up the crowd into hearty laughter with his mischievous wit. World class impressionist Jon Culshaw (@jonculshaw) delighted everyone with his set featuring the voices of Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Andy Murray and (bereaved child at the age of 17) Michael McIntyre.

The other acts who took part were the hilarious Ed Gamble, relatively new and bright talents Steve Williams (@_stevewilliams_) and Tiff Stevenson (@tiffstevenson), followed by the brilliant headline act Richard Herring (@Herring1967).

March 2015

This Mother’s Day, send thoughts to those who cannot be with their loved ones, but remember them with love and support.