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Aarsleff Ground Engineering has selected the Children’s Bereavement Centre as its charity to support in July, August and September. We visited the Newark centre to meet with their team and learn more about the amazing work they do for children and families in the East Midlands.

The Children’s Bereavement Centre provides free help and support for children who are going through the grieving process of death or terminal illness of someone close to them. Supporting children aged 3 to 18, the team use play therapy and one to one support sessions to enable the children to express themselves and the trauma they have been through and help them build coping strategies to deal with the loss of a close one.

“Our therapy rooms are filled with crafts and toys, and our practitioners tailor each session to help the children talk about their bereavement.”

Says Caz Froggatt, CBC’s Corporate and Community Engagement Coordinator.

“We also provide support to the parent/carer of the child referred to help them through the bereavement. The support we offer at the Children’s Bereavement Centre ensures the needs of the whole family are met.”

The main offices in Newark, and the 13 outreach centres, are run by a small passionate team, and are supported by over 25 volunteers from across the East Midlands.

“Our volunteers are amazing, not only do they help with events and fundraising activities, but also help relieve some of the workload at the centre. Some of our volunteers help at the centre by taking in new referrals, helping with the phone support and the clinically trained even take sessions with some of the children.”

The charity is funded by various trusts, organisations, and public donors, along with local fund-raising activities and events.

“We have various fundraising activities throughout the year that our supporters can join in with. We recently had 12 people who did a skydive fundraiser, which was a huge success and lots of fun. Last week, I was at a local school who were having a bake sale to raise money for us.”

Caz continued,

“This year we also created an easyfundraising page, which allows people to support us through their online shopping, which is great! We also post things we need on our Facebook and Amazon Wish List which people can buy for us. These things vary from arts and crafts to soft toys and teddy bears, to sponsoring catering or venue hire for our annual events.”

Aarsleff are delighted to be supporting the Children’s Bereavement Centre and the amazing work they do for children and families across the East Midlands. Find out more about the Children’s Bereavement Centre and how to donate by visiting http://www.childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk.

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