Here is the Support we’ve provided in 2015/16…

Our support for 2015-16 is still ongoing but here is how we’ve helped support bereaved families throughout England & Wales since September 2015…

 

In 2015-16 we continued providing Children’s Bereavement Support and improved this support by increasing the groups that took place, as well as the below support we have so far implemented the additional groups:

  • 43 Parent/Carer Assessments
  • 52 Child Assessments
  • 31 Direct one to one sessions
  • 11 Befriending Sessions
  • 32 Children attending monthly groups
  • 10 Children attending weekly sessions
  • 6 Children attended a 6 week bereavement support group
  • 7 Teens attended a residential weekend
  • 19 Children and 16 parents attended our  first Memory Day
  • 9 Children attended Art Therapy
  • 1 Completed family mediation – bringing a bereaved family back together
  • 1 of our special children switched on the Intu Trafford Centre firework display
  • 2 Children attended a personal shopping experience to build self esteem
  • On average 11 parents attend our monthly parents groups

Completed our very first Memory Day!

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Additional Support

* Provided £12,619.84 of Gift in Kind.

 

*Our Christmas Appeal 2015 provided Christmas for 119 families, 260 children received sack of Christmas Presents and        we provided £3,470 in financial support.

 

 *Completed 2 DIY SOS house renovations. Here are some images of the first we completed with AO.com

*Funded the renovation of the Children’s Mortuary Room and Family Room at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

 

Completed 2 DIY SOS house make over’s for 2 bereaved families whereby both families were recently bereaved.

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Provided The Following Training & Presentations….

Salford Royal Hospital Training Day
Salford University Conference
Salford University Mental Health Conference

Developed New Bereavement Literature…

During this year we developed our new literature that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of bereaved families;

‘Children who are old enough to love are old enough to grieve’.

This booklet helps loved ones understand children’s understanding of death at different ages. It also gives examples of the most common death related questions children may have.

‘My Memories’.

This is a self complete booklet whereby the child can answer questions in an iPad shaped book on their loved one’s favourite foods, colour, hobbies etc. This booklet is a keep sake for children once it’s been completed.

The above literature has been made available to bereaved families and are now stocked by a number of NHS organisations.

We also provided the following Financial & Respite Support since September:

A) Respite: Julie lost her husband of 16 years in August last year and her son lost his dad. Since his death they have experienced a lot of difficult behaviours from her son and has accessed support via the school counsellor.
Julie has also struggled to manage financially and is just about managing at present. Her son will be going into year 6 in September and pupils have been invited to the year 6 residential holiday to Cleddon Hall Wales. Julie would desperately like him to have the opportunity to go on the holiday with school. His anxiety levels are on the increase as the first anniversary of his father death approaches, this is evident the emotional distress he is displaying. We paid in full for the school trip.

B) Financial: Having lost her husband to a long term illness, Evlyn was finding it hard to cope financial with her 11 year old son. We provided an Asda gift card to allow relief of any financial pressure.

C) Respite: Stacey is a single parent whose little boy died in August. She has two other children that she has supported on their journey throughout their brother’s illness and bereavement whilst grieving herself. One of her daughters had a school trip to London coming which was in excess of £400. Stacey was concerned she could not afford her 2 girls upcoming school trips and did not want them to miss out. We paid for the 2 trips in full with spending money.

D) Financial: We were approached by the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, with regards to their out dated and uncomfortable children’s mortuary room, where families say goodbye to their children that have passed away at the hospital. Having visited we decided we could not allow families to grieve in this room. We renovated this room by way of decoration, furniture and bedding to make a comfortable environment for bereaved families at this tragic time.

E) Respite: A single parent who suffered from domestic violence sadly lost her young son aged just 2 ½ years old. Her oldest son now 8 year old did not have anything to pass time such as a tablet or laptop to watch films. We purchased him a laptop at the young boys request.

F) Respite: Having lost their son and younger brother, Ethan needed a past time to allow him to have some time out. Now a teenager he wanted to join a gym but financial restraints meant this was not possible. We purchased Ethan a 12 months’ membership to a local gym to allow him to have time out whilst doing something he enjoyed.

G) Financial: Having lost her son to a high profile murder, Bev had to care for her remaining children. Bev was unable to purchase a headstone for her son, and although has attempted to save for one it’s just not been possible. This brough a great deal of stress to Bev and her family. We purchased and paid in full for the long awaited headstone for Bev and her family.

H) DIY: We completed a full DIY SOS house renovation on behalf of one of our long supported families. Enabling us to turn a house into a loving home, completed with the help of AO.com. This family had sadly lost their mum, suddenly after giving birth to a new baby sister.

I) Financial: Having lost his wife suddenly, Chris was struggling to pay for the weeks electric. We provided him with 2 weeks electric so he could get himself back on track.

J) Respite: Marie was on holiday in Blackpool with her son age 11 and daughter aged 16 along with her parents. Her son took ill whilst on holiday and was taken to Blackpool Hospital and sent home, however the next day he deteriorated and was taken back to Blackpool Hospital and then taken to Alder Hey Hospital where he sadly died of meningitis. Mum and the rest of the family have been really struggling to come to terms with what happened. The family expressed how much they are dreading Christmas and they do not want to be at home as they feel this will be far too much for them to cope with after everything else they are trying to deal with. We funded the family to stay in a hotel over the Christmas period so they could be together.

K) Financial: Ella Jayne was a 5 month old twin who was sadly found face down in her shared cot in 2015 by her mother who alerted the other members of the household and paramedics were called but sadly Ella Jayne died.
The family were concerned about finances as dad was self employed but unable to work and the family had already fallen behind with their rent. We provided ongoing financial support to this family, clearing their rent arrears, gas & electric arears.

L) Financial: Having lost her mum suddenly, Abbie has taken guardianship of her young siblings. Having spoken with Abbie she was concerned about the cost of putting her mum in a chapel of rest and also paying for the cars for her mum’s funeral. Abbie had decided to remove these services to save on cost. We understood how important these two services were and paid in full for them on behalf of Abbie and her family.

M) Financial: Having provided continued support to this family, we learnt how this young man could fall behind on his school work due to having no access to a computer. We purchased him a laptop and printer to ensure his school work and education did not suffer.

N) Financial: Having provided ongoing support to this family who lost dad suddenly had an heart attack whilst on holiday, he was only 30 yrs old, he has left behind his wife and 4 children 12 , 7 ,4 ,1 yr old. Since his death everything that could go wrong abroad with his death has His wife was told to go back to hotel after he was admitted to hospital and come back in the morning, she was told he will be fine, they are just going to keep him for observation

1 hr later she had a call saying he had deteriorated and she rushed back to be told he had gone. She asked to see him and was told he had been moved and she couldn’t see him. The family had just moved into a new property and were planning to renovate it on their holiday return. We paid for the house to be renovated with full decoration and carpeting.

O) Financial: Having lost her husband and now caring for her 3 children, finances are tight for this financially. We provided them with a supermarket gift card for groceries and a separate one for clothing for the children.

P) Financial: Having lost their 6 year old daughter suddenly to a terrible tragedy whilst on holiday, this family were struggling to grieve and care for their young son. They wanted their son to have time with other children and to keep things as normal for his as they could.  We paid the nursery fee’s to allow him to have a place of play outside the sadness of the home.

Q) Financial: Having witnessed their mum killed in a domestic dispute, these two teenagers moved their grandma’s who took guardianship of them. The two children were falling behind with their school work. We purchased them a laptop and printer to enable them to work at home and ensure their education did not suffer.

R) Financial: Ellie aged 6 sadly died at home on boxing day having suffered from. Her mums plans for Ellie was to hold a tea party at her funeral but was restricted due to finances. We paid for the tea party for 60 of Ellies friends.

S) Financial: Tammy was found dead at home on New Years day by her 9 year old daughter. Tammy was a single parent to 3 children. Now in the guardianship of their aunt, Tammy’s sister we will provide continued support to this family both financially and emotionally.

T) Financial: This young boy 9 rounds of chemotherapy at Alder Hey. He also had a stem cell transplant. The treatment for him sadly didn’t work.  Dad took a second job as they are experiencing financial difficulties.  Victoria informed me that their fridge freezer decided to pack in on New Year’s Day and lost all the food inside. At the same time their old computer which they need to move their business forward has also decided to stop working. We purchased a new fridge freezer and a computer to allow them to continue their new business.

U) Respite: Sadly, this family lost dad in 2015, family are currently being support by our Children’s Bereavement Support Groups. A holiday request is will provide huge relief to this family. We sent this family away for a family holiday.

V) Financial: Tommy bravely fought cancer for 4 years, sadly losing his battle on just before Christmas 2015, leaving behind 2 young daughters and a wife. Due to the long period of illness, finances were tight and mum found herself in rent arrears. We cleared the arrears in full.

W) Financial: Rifat lost her husband in January 2015 to an asthma attack leaving her a single mum to 2 children. Finances were tight and we supported this family by providing them an Asda gift card to relieve the stress of purchasing general groceries and household essentials.

X) Financial: Ella was a 5 month old twin who was sadly found face down in her shared cot by her mother sadly Ella Jayne died.
The family had stated how difficult their situation had been recently from a financial point of view and had stated that they were unsure how they would carry on and manage with their recent bereavement.
Some of the concern was around finances as dad is self-employed and some of the concern was around the bereavement support they might need. We provided this family with continued support, ensuring the families rental arrears, utility arrears were cleared allowing the family to see a way forward.

Y) Financial: Sadly, on the 1th Jan, Martin was killed while crossing the road. He left 4 children, 3 of them aged 5, 9, and 11.
Unfortunately, Martin wasn’t married to the mother of his children, they had been childhood sweethearts and a good catholic family, but had never made it official, this has left their mother with no financial support, she isn’t entitled to anything a widow would be, they have both worked hard to provide for their family, but now mum finds herself without his pension, his income, or able to apply for any benefits. They have school uniforms that need buying, day to day living and housing to cope with. We provided ongoing and much needed financial support to this family, as well as financing a house renovation on their behalf.

Z) Financial: Isla (8 years) Sadly lost her brother after a short illness with cancer aged 18. This was a sudden and unexpected death in 2015 and devastated the family. As well as support via our Children’s Bereavement Support Groups, we provided financial support with utility arrears and the payment of a headstone.

AA) Financial: This family lost their Mum just over 12 months ago due to alcohol related illness. The 4 children (19, 10,12,14) still live at home with Dad, who is also alcohol dependent. The children have never received any real support for their loss and are also terrified that they’re going to lose their Dad in the same way. The children receive as much support as possible from the school and extended family. We provided this family support with general groceries and house hold essentials as well as support from our Children’s Bereavement Support Groups.

BB) Financial: On 11 February 2013, their mother Annette, passed away, leaving 3 children 8,16 & 18. Annette was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and developed metastatic disease in 2012 which led to her death.  Annette had not made any funeral arrangements for herself, other than insisting that she be buried, and did not leave any means of funding her funeral. Environmental Health paid for Annette to be buried as the family had no other means to pay for her funeral. There have never been any funds available to the family to purchase a headstone. Oldr sibling took guardianship of her young sibling and we provided support by paying for mums headstone as well as ongoing financial support.

CC) Financial: Sophie was 16 years old when she died at home suddenly with her mum, noone was ware Sophie had a blood clot. Her mum is obviously devastated as any parent would be but is yet to return to work and has a son to support. we know she would like to do something really special for Sophie but finances are not allowing her to. Having spoken to mum, she wanted to pay for her daughter’s headstone herself, so we provided her with a gift card for groceries so mum could put any spare money she had towards her daughter’s headstone.

DD) Respite/Financial: Morgan, sadly lost his mum after she gave birth to his sister in sudden and tragic circumstances. Morgan currently lives with his grandma and is keen to keep in contact with friends and family by his mobile phone which was not working. We purchased a new mobile phone as well as new bedroom furniture for him.

EE) Respite: Dylan lost his mum as he was about to start secondary school. His older brother has taken over the role as main carer, and does a fantastic job, supporting his brother in and out of school. Dylan hasn’t had chance to go out of the borough/ country or somewhere he can release himself and fill his life with a bit of enjoyment again. There was a school trip abroad that was causing concern due to the cost, we paid the school trip allowing Dylan to attend.

FF) Respite: Kates son Terry died by suicide on his 13th birthday in 2015. Terry’s death has had a huge impact on them all – especially his younger brother’s.  Understandably a holiday for 7 comes at considerable cost, something which is beyond the means of a single parent. The family went on the therapeutic break for bereaved families that we provide from the alder centre in 2015 and I myself witnessed the benefits for all members of the family. We provided a family holiday for the family and paid in full.

GG) Respite: We have continued to offer support to this family who lost dad of 3 to a suicide. We identified that a family holiday would be great fopr the children and paid for the family to attend a holiday.

HH) Financial: Having recently lost their son Carson, who was born 13 weeks prematurely and had a series of health issues. Carson spent the first 3 years of his life in Alder Hey, but his positive spirit saw him doing things his family were told he would never do, such as being able to walk. Carson and his family spent the last few weeks of his life at Claire House where they were able to make precious memories together.
The family are struggling with the void that has been left in their lives since Carson passed away. Providing ongoing support, it became apparent that the family had fallen into rent arrears. We paid the arrears in full.

II) Financial: This young lady was tragically killed in an RTC, leaving behind a young son and young sister.  We paid for the funeral of this young lady due to it being a sudden and tragic death.

JJ) Financial: Having continued our support to this family who lost their mother tragically, we became aware that their cooker and computer which allowed them respite had broken. We replaced these items with new ones.

KK) Respite: Jack was 14 years old and had been diagnosed with Relapsed Osteosarcoma in January this year – his relapse progressed quickly and he soon became palliative. Jack sadly died this year. Before he died, his family had booked the tickets. The day before he died, Jack had told his family that he still wanted his family to go ahead and watch the WWE and experience his wish on his behalf. We paid for the family to attend the meal in Jack’s honour.

LL) Financial: Ongoing support to this family who lost dad to a suicide. Mum is having financial difficulties and therefore requested support. We provided gift card to allow the relief of purchasing household essentials and groceries. As well as ongoing support via Children’s Bereavement Support Groups.

MM) Financial: Ongoing support to this family who lost a child. They advised us of difficulties with replacing their broken fridge/freezer. A new appliance we purchased on their behalf.

NN) Financial: Having cared for her son, throughout his long term illness as well as her other children, Sharon sadly lost her son to his battle aged 3 years old. Mum had found herself struggling with utility arrears due to having to have the heating on constant to care for her son. We paid the arrears in full and provided an Asda gift card to allow mum some relief in purchasing groceries.

OO) Financial: Yola’s wife Fatima and their two children are currently living in Liverpool where Yola is studying. Their daughter Amina (age 8) sadly died at Alder Hey on 11th November 2015 and I have been supporting the family. Yola has stated they are struggling at the moment with everything that has happened and also to add to the grief there has been a problem with his sponsorship money being paid in so they are behind on their rent. We provided an Asda gift card to relieve some additional financial pressure.

PP) Respite & Financial: Lucas saw his mum haemorrhaging blood and being rushed to hospital in an ambulance twice with numerous other emergency hospital admissions by ambulance. Mum went into hospital on Christmas Day 2015 with pneumonia and she was discharged for Brother Max’s 4th birthday in January but was rushed back to hospital again the same night – she hadn’t been home again before she died.
The emotional pain they are experiencing at the loss of a wife and loving mother to the children, but the family income dropping significantly to the point that Neil is very worried that he won’t be able to make the mortgage payments so may lose the house.  We provided this family with a family holiday and a gift card to ease the financial pressure of household essentials and groceries.

QQ) Financial: This family are facing the grief of losing one of their twins at birth while caring for the other twin who has been in intensive care since birth. They are trying to cope with this while looking after their other 5 children at home. They had saved 50% for the headstone but struggling to raise the remainder. We paid the remaining amount owed.

RR) Financial: Having lost mum and caring for his two children, finances are tight. We provided a gift card to ease the additional stresses of purchasing house hold essentials.

SS) Respite: 17-Year-old son killed as a rear seat passenger in a car that hit a tree in February 16. He has two younger siblings aged 9 and 7. The children are aware that their brother has died. A family holiday has been paid for in full.

TT) Respite: Having lost their child and caring for their other child, this family had booked a much needed break away. The family couldn’t afford the activities, we paid for a full week’s activities for the family.

UU) Financial: This family sadly lost her son after a short illness with cancer aged 18, leaving a young sister.This was a sudden and unexpected death in 2015. The family had found themselves in arrears as they required to have their gas on constantly when he was ill. We have provided this family with ongoing support and also paid off the gas and electric arrears.

VV) Respite: The family lost Martin at the age of 5 years old in May 2013. They come from Poland and they often travel back to support their elderly parents. Both parents are university graduates but due to the language barrier they do jobs they can manage with the language (dad works at Tesco and does night and mum looks after children). The family are very tired and overwhelmed as they had couple of more bereavements in the close family in the last couple of years.
The family had booked a short stay at Centre Parcs but finances meant they were uable to pay for the activities. We provided funding for the activities to provide them some enjoyment whilst away.

VV) Financial: Michelle’s husband died suddenly with an undetected heart condition aged 36 years in 2016 leaving behind 5 children (4,6,8,9,19). This death was sudden and unexpected devasting to the family. We have pledged ongoing support to this family and provided financial assistance paying the arrears that was causing concern to mum, as well as paying for the school trip for one of the children.

WW) Respite: This young boy lived with Mum and his sister. He saw Dad on weekends. Sadly, mum died and Harley found her. Harley was separated from his sister as they had different fathers and went to live with his dad. It has been difficult for them both and it was known that some quality time and some fun together would help build their relationship even further. We provided them a week’s holiday with meals and transport to and from the location.

XX) Respite: Mum died suddenly of Ovarian/Bowel cancer aged 40 leaving behind 2 children aged 17, 10. These children have a condition whereby they have a 97% chance of developing cancer. The children are also in and out of hospital regularly. Daughter is currently in hospital and was in need of some respite. We arranged for a mobile pamper for daughter who received a makeover in hospital.

YY) Financial: This family lost their son tragically being hit by a train whilst at a crossing. Mum had tried desperately to save and pay off the funeral but was struggling to meet the payments. This was causing mum distress and she felt she had let the son down. We paid the outstanding amount off in full.

ZZ) Respite: Tammy Jones was founded dead on New Year’s Day by her 9 year old daughter at her home address. The 3 children of Tammy’s are now under the guardianship of her sister, these new set of circumstances is very new to her. We have pledged ongoing support to this family providing a respite break for them as well as offering financial support in paying for the school taxi due to the distance from aunties house to school.

AAA) Financial: This family sadly lost dad, leaving behind 3 children who attend our Children’s Bereavement Support Groups. Mum was struggling financial so we provided a supermarket gift card to help the family.

BBB) Financial: Janice was born with Down Syndrome and heart problems, Janice’s parents were self employed and on a low income. Janice sadly died unexpectedly and the family were told they needed to pay on advance for the funeral to take place. The family managed to pay for the funeral but fell in arrears with the headstone. We paid the arrears in full.

CCC) Financial: John sadly lost his daughter at a young age. Johns job doesn’t allow compassionate leave and John was working whilst not in the right frame of mind due to his rent. John was allowed unpaid leave but financially this would not have been possible. We paid 2 months rentso John could take some time off.

DDD) Respite: Heather & Stephen’s daughter died in December 2015 at the age of 10. Since Julie’s death the family are really struggling and are experiencing grief. Having spoken with Stephen a couple of days ago he felt a little break for all the family would do them the world of good, however they are not in a financial position to do this. We paid for the family to enjoy a family holiday.

EEE) Respite: Michelle’s son Lewis passed away on the 8th January 2016 at Claire House Children’s Hospice. Lewis had a life shortening condition called microcephaly with severe mental delay. Lewis had 2 young siblings aged 12 and 7 months. The family needed some time away together in a different environment. We provided them a family holiday.

FFF) Financial: Tragic RTC whereby daughter unknowingly moved behind dad’s vehicle. Sadly, Lacey was killed. Lacey left behind siblings (aged 13, 17). We purchased a headstone for Lacey.

GGG) Respite Break: We are continuing to work with this family to provide long term support. In October 2011 – children’s mother, Julianna died suddenly after admittance to hospital with routine infection. Mary, grandma is now carer for the children and lives alone.  Niall one of the children has additional needs, ADHD. Biological dad left the family home following the death of his wife. We provided this family with a family holiday.

HHH) Respite: Tyrone died as a result of a road traffic collision. He leaves behind his mum Donna, sister Alyiah (11yrs), brothers Coley (23yrs) and Marcus (16yrs). Alyiah is struggling to deal with her brother’s death and it is starting to affect her daily life. She is struggling to deal with school and her mum said that she is always ill. Donna is also struggling, but doing her best to hold it together, but feels she has not got anybody herself to talk to and had her time to grieve. Having received CBSG – It was believed that a respite holiday would be extremely beneficial for Aliyah and we therefore provided the family with a holiday.

III) Financial & Respite: Nicks daughter Abbigail died on 7th May 2016. Nick is a lone parent and is currently experiencing financial hardship. He has an outstanding bill for the bedroom tax and he is struggling to pay this. He feels the worry from this hanging over him is also impacting how he is grieving. He has sole guardianship of his daughter Amy-May (8 years). He also lost his daughter to this same illness in 2005 named Lilly-May. Nick is to be evicted if the arrears are not paid and proceedings have already begun. We cleared Nicks arrears in full and provided him and Abbigail a family holiday.

JJJ) Financial: We have provided continued support to this family, who’s dad/husband Tommy bravely fought cancer for 4 years, sadly losing his battle on just before Christmas 2015, leaving behind 2 young daughters and a wife. Due to the long period of illness, finances were tight and we supported mum with 3 months advanced rent payment.

KKK) Financial: Continued support for this family. Sadly on the 1th Jan, Martin was killed while crossing the road. He left 4 children, 3 of them aged 5, 9, and 11.
Unfortunately, Martin wasn’t married to the mother of his children, they had been childhood sweethearts and a good catholic family, but had never made it official, this has left their mother with no financial support, she isn’t entitled to anything a widow would be, they have both worked hard to provide for their family, but now mum finds herself without his pension, his income, or able to apply for any benefits. They have school uniforms that need buying, day to day living and housing to cope with. We provided ongoing and much needed financial support to this family in a number of ways.

LLL) Financial:  David had end stage renal failure and sadly died on the 26th May, aged 20. David had underlying learning difficulties, but was a bubbly character, full of life. He was adored by everybody in the hospice he was at. The family have very little financial income.
The death of David has sadly given them a huge cost to pay, at a time when they are completely devastated, and struggling to cope emotionally. We paid the funeral arrears in full and relieved that additional stress.

MMM) Financial: Judy is a single mum and recently lost her son.  The cost of Reece’s uniform as most has to be bought through the school and the family are struggling to purchase this. We purchased all required uniform.

NNN) Financial: This family lost their Mum just over 12 months ago due to alcohol related illness. The 4 children (19, 10,12,14) still live at home with Dad. The children have never received any real support for their loss and are also terrified that they’re going to lose their Dad in the same way. The children receive as much support as possible from the school and extended family. We are providing the family long term support and have provided this family with a geadstone for mum, shopping trips and grocery gift cards.

OOO) Financial & Respite: Continued support to this family. Julie lost her husband of 16 years in August last year and her son lost his dad. Julie has also struggled to manage financially and is just about managing at present. We have provided Julie with rental arrear payments and days out for her anf her son.

PPP) Financial: Dad died sudden and unexpectedly last year having had a heart attack during the night. Three months later maternal grandfather died. The whole family have struggled to adjust to life without this larger than life man who was very family oriented and also had a lot of respect in the local community.
It was KC the 14 year old daughter who discovered dad’s body when she had gone to her parents room to get dad to move a spider from the bathroom so she could have her morning shower – she was unable to rouse him and immediately understood that he was dead. She did try to resuscitate him but there was nothing that could be done. Mum woke to the chaos and became hysterical and it was KC who had to take charge of the situation.
Tracey has worked hard in very difficult circumstances to try to maintain some continuity and security for her children.
We provided a number of support types for this family, inclusive of 3 months advance mortgage payments, grocery vouchers, gas & electric.

QQQ) Financial: Following the death of their mother from cancer after a 2 year battle on the 5th Feb 2016. This family were struggling to purchase school uniforms. We purchased the unfiroms on their behalf.

RRR) Respite: We recieved the following from Steven Hickman a 47 year old single dad of 3 kids (Leon 12 Lucy 9 Luke 7). They have been struggling since there mother passed away. ‘You have helped us with the christmas fund wonderful and you tried helping us with a family break last year but due to my health could not go. The kids are really struggling at the moment life is pretty tough and hope a break would help a little’. We provided a family holiday for the whole family.

SSS) Financial: Family are unable to Bury their son. They lost him at 20 weeks on the 20th July 2015 nearly a year later they are still unable to afford to bury him and lay him to rest. His Ashes lay on her bedside table as she is frightened to leave him in a drawer. We supported with £1,000 towards the burial.

TTT) Financial: George lost his dad in August 2015, and has been unable to afford a headstone for his dad. George is a young carer for his mum who is recovering from a stroke and has mental health issues. We purchased the headstone on Georges behalf, in full.

UUU) Financial: Ongoing CBSG support for this family, when it became apparent that the family could not afford they new uniform for Lily, we purchased the uniform in full.

VVV) Financial:This family lost their baby girl who died at 6 weeks old in 2003. The family bought a burial plot to lay her to rest, but have been unable to afford a headstone. The family are receiving support from the children’s community palliative care team as their 4yr old boy has a life limiting condition. We purchased the headstone on behalf of this family.

WWW) Financial: Victoria and James son had 9 rounds of chemo at Alder Hey. He also had a stem cell transplant. 9months into the treatment Victoria found herself pregnant again. The treatment for Lucca sadly didn’t work. At the time of Lucas diagnosis Victoria and James were trying to set up a small business to make a better life for their family. Which they had to put on hold. James has taken a second job as they are experiencing financial difficulties. We provided a new computer and printer to allow the family to start their business again.

XXX) Financial: Kirsty and Damian recently lost their son Carson, who was born 13 weeks prematurely and had a series of health issues. Carson spent the first 3 years of his life in Alder Hey, but his positive spirit saw him doing things his family were told he would never do, such as being able to walk. Carson and his family spent the last few weeks of his life at Claire House where they were able to make precious memories together. Carson left behind 3 brothers.
The family are struggling with the void that has been left in their lives since Carson passed away and were recently told their rented house was being sold. The family didn’t have the funds to put down for a deposit and were worried they would be homeless and need to move out of the area. We paid the deposit on a new property and also paid 1 month advanced rental.

YYY) Financial: Mother is struggling to support her family financially following the loss of her daughter. We have recently supported this family paying 50% of an additional educational course for him. We have now purchased some essential workwear for his course.