Penhaligon’s Friends is the children’s bereavement charity for Cornwall and operates across the entire county. Last year the charity helped over 800 bereaved children come to terms with the death of a family member or close friend.
The mission is to provide a service to address the issues of grieving children through a supportive and educational environment where children, care givers and professionals can receive appropriate advice and information and share their experiences.
The work is carried out in a combination of different ways throughout Cornwall; telephone support and advice, regular memory days, social events for families, monthly teenage support groups in 4 locations across the county, peer mentoring, books and resources, local family groups, school and individual support.
In addition to the children’s and family services high-quality training in child bereavement to an ever-widening range of professionals and volunteers is also provided.
Penhaligon’s Friends has a small staff team and over 80 volunteers across the county and was proud to have won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2010, the MBE for Charity Groups.
Volunteers are a significant part of the team and there are lots of opportunities for joining in with the activities, both in family support and with fundraising.
In the UK over 24,000 children and young people are bereaved of a parent each year. The charity’s children’s and family services are provided free-of-charge and are on-going if required.
Julie Parker, CEO of Penhaligon’s Friends said:
“We rely entirely upon grants and donations to ensure our charity is able to support those families that need us most.
“We are delighted to be chosen as one of the supported charities for 2019 at Royal Cornwall Show. We are looking forward to showcasing our support on our stand, and meeting our visitors!
“We will be running our colourful Teddy Tombola and also offering a Memory Tree for families to remember a loved one. Don’t forget to look out for our mascot – Harry Bear!”
For further information, or if you have some spare time to become a volunteer, please get in touch, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01209 215889/210624.
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