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Children’s bereavement service officially launched

Art therapy: Left, Rev David Anderson from St Pauls church with twins Lauren, left, and Rebecca Cowell

Art therapy: Left, Rev David Anderson from St Pauls church with twins Lauren, left, and Rebecca Cowell

A bereavement support service for children and young people has been officially launched.

Stride, which has been operating in Preston for around 18 months, was formally launched at a special event at Preston’s College yesterday.

The service offers much needed support for children and young people across the county who have experienced a bereavement.

The organisation is part of CancerHelp in Preston and primarily operates out of the charity’s Vine House base, in Ribbleton - although the children and young people accessing the service can be seen at other venues across the Chorley and South Ribble area.

Bosses behind the project say they have known for a while that there is a demand for bereavement services for children and young people but said until recently they were only able to support those where there had been a cancer related death.

The new service means they can extend their offer providing support, therapy and education to children, young people, families, school communities and professionals affected by any type of bereavement, including sudden and traumatic death.

Sally Proctor, said: “I am delighted that we are able to formally launch the service which we have been operating for a while now.

“We are extremely grateful to both our Trustees for supporting the STRIDE service and our supporters, notably Stella Humphreys and the Team at HSBC, Fishergate, Preston who have been keen supporters and helped with in-branch and other fundraising activities.”

If you think you have the experience to support the service, or would like to organise a fundraising activity call 01772 798 746.

 

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