Bereaved youngsters group gets grant in West Suffolk
St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Nicky’s Way programme has received a £5,000 grant from the Santander Foundation’s Community Plus initiative.
The grant will fund the next six-week Nicky’s Way group programme, which helps to support bereaved youngsters.
Ben O’Hanlon, St Nicholas Hospice Care Trusts and Statutory Funding Officer, said: “This grant will make a big difference to bereaved children and young people and their families.
“We are grateful to Santander for supporting us.”
Nicky’s Way is a programme where bereaved youngsters from West Suffolk and Thetford can meet others in the same situation and start to feel less lonely and isolated.
It is a six-week programme, with small groups each of no more than six youngsters of a similar age, where children have the chance to share their worries, fears, hopes and feelings and ask questions alongside others in the same situation.
The groups are run by staff and trained volunteers from the Hospice’s Family Support Team and take place at the Hospice building or at other places in Bury St Edmunds.
Group activities include: Creative pursuits; time to talk and ask adults and a doctor questions; chances for youngsters to tell their story in different ways; that opportunity to throw things at
an ‘anger wall’ to get their feelings out; a trip out for lunch and bowling and a treasure hunt.
A Santander spokesman said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance. We are delighted to be supporting St
Nicholas Hospice Care and hope the donation makes a real difference.”
For more information about Nicky’s Way, contact the Family Support Team on 01284 766133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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