Support in 2014-15
In 2014-2015 we provided support to bereaved families throughout England & Wales at their time of need. Below we list the ways that we have helped and supported, as well as the thoughts and gratitude of those we’ve helped…
£2,056.12 in Gift in Kind.
Provided Christmas including presents and Christmas dinner to over 150 bereaved children that would not have been able to celebrate Christmas.
Completed our first DIY SOS project
In 2014-15 we launched our Children’s Bereavement Support Groups and completed the following:
38 Child Assessments
49 Parent Assessments
2 Direct one to one sessions
18 Children attending monthly groups.
We also provided the following Financial & Respite Support:
A) Financial: Having sadly lost ther son to Neuroblastoma having battled it for 5 years, this family fell into arrears with their gas and electric and felt that a break away as a family would beneift them. We paid in full their utility bill arrears and provided them a family holiday.
B) Financial & Respite: Harry became unwell in March 2009 and after a visit to the doctors the family were told he had a virus. The next day he was admitted to hospital as he was struggling to breathe. After being given a nebuliser and oxygen his condition improved overnight and it was assumed he had an asthma attack. Harry’s condition deteriorated and placed in a medically induced coma. Harry’s life support was switched off on 31st March 2009. Leaving behind siblings we paid for their school trip as well as an Asda voucher to relieve any additional financial stress the family had.
C) Financial: This family lost their daughter/sister in tragic circumstances. Her brother was struggling with his grief and in turn this was affecting his education. He wanted to attend a specialist course but mum could not afford the fee. So working with the school we joint funded the course ensuring the young man emained in education.
D) Respite: Shannon moved from The Lake District in June this year due to the death of his dad. Shannon and his dad lived alone and had no other family connections. Shannons dad suffered from Polio and Shannon was his carer. Shannon only saw his mum from the age of 11 occasionally. After dads death Shannon had to leave his home, school and friends and move to Wigan to live with mum. Naturally still struggling with grief and has has anxiety issues in relation to coming into school therefore, his attendance was of major concern. Shannon longs to go back to Windmere to see his old friends but mum is struggling financially. We provided a few days back at Windmere for Shannon, with travel and accomodation.
E) Respite: This family took guardianship of their nephew when his mum passed away at a young age. Mums daeth followed suddenly from further deaths within the family. Sadly the young boy also passed away a short time later from cancer. His cousin, who was like a sister to him has suffered the loss of many family members had been making brilliant progress and the family felt she desrved something special. We provided a laptop for her to allow her to complete her school course work, this was the choice of the young lady.
F) Financial: This family sadly lost dad at a young age to a long battle with cancer leaving behind 3 young children. Finances had been a struggle for this family and a number of bills had built up over the time dad was battling his illness. We provided this family a high level of financial support by paying off rent arrears, council tax and an Asda voucher as well as committing long term support to this family.
G) Financial: Having lost their daughter in tragic circumstances whilst on holiday aged 6, this family was struggling to provide their young son with some time with children his own age whilst taking time to grieve themselves. We paid for the young son to attend nursery 2 days a week for a number of months allowing the parents time to grieve.
H) Financial: Jake died aged 6yrs at Christmas. He had Battens disease but only diagnosed 18 months ago. mum & dad were struggling emotionally as they have endured such a roller coaster since Jake was diagnosed and unfortunately Jake deteriorated very rapidly and following a sever chest infection early December, sadly died at Christmas. Unfortunately they were struggling financially post Jake’s death as all benefits for Jake ended and both parents have been off work struggling with their grief. The family needed the stress of the next months mortgage payment to be removed. We paid this on their behalf.
I) Financial: Sharon is grandmother to 2 children (10 & 3). Both of the childrens parents have since died in very tragic circumstances and Sharon has taken custody of the children. Sharon works part time and refuses to give up her job to claim benefits. She therefore receives no help. Sharon was struggling to be able to afford to carpet the bedrooms for the children, so we stepped in and funding full carpeting.
J) Financial: Kyle was an 11 year old, who suffered an asthma attack whilst playing out with his friends. Unfortunately by the time help had arrived Kyle had sadly passed away, leaving behind a young brother. As well as grieving the family of Kyle were worried about how they would pay for his funeral. We stepped in and paid the funeral amount in full. We also sourced a Manchester United shirt signed by Wayne Rooney (Kyles favourite player) for Kyle to be buried in.
K) Respite: We have supported this family continouasly providing a number of support types. This family sadly lost their daughter at Christmas and do not like to be home during this time. As part of our ongoing support to them, we paid for a Christmas day meal out.
L) Financial: Shamaz was a young boy that had a condition called Sanfiliopp syndrome this is a degenerative disorder. He was the second son of four children. Shamaz died July 2013 Shamaz used ShootingStarChase for his end of life care. Dad is on an extremely low income as a leader in supporting his community. They visit Shamaz grave daily but are unable to fund a headstone for him. We provided financial support and purchased the headstone on behalf on the family.