It is a shocking statistic that a parent of children under 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK - around 23,600 a year. This equates to around 111 children being bereaved of a parent every day.
Established in 1994, Child Bereavement UK not only provide confidential support to families – helping them to rebuild their lives - but also educate professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.
Every year they train more than 10,000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families. Their mission is to ensure the accessibility of high-quality child bereavement support to all families and professionals by plugging the gaps that exist in bereavement support and training across the country and embedding standards in the sector.
They provide a national helpline and a website containing resources, information and guidance on a range of bereavement issues and they offer support services free of charge to bereaved children, young people, parents, carers and families across the UK.
Money raised during my Civic year will be used to enhance the local provision of these valuable services.
Last year, face-to-face support was given for more than 3,000 children, young people and adults and their helpline had the busiest year yet. Demand for their services continues to grow and I do hope you will help me in supporting their wonderful work.
The Pot of Gold is the other half of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and will provide small grants for smaller groups, organisations and projects locally across the Bradford District.
There are some fantastic things going on throughout the area organised by the community and voluntary sector and it can often be difficult for groups and organisations to find funding for their projects, events and activities.
My appeal would like to be able to offer these smaller pots of funding to enable these groups to fulfil their dreams and enhance their projects further without having to spend extra time raising money.
The Pot of Gold Appeal will be beneficial to many groups across the Bradford District, rather than just supporting one or two particular charities.