A Newark family say a charity that has had its funding cut provided vital help for them and continues to play an important part in their lives.
The Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark has lost £25,188 — 8% of its funding — from the Mansfield and Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood Clinical Com-missioning Groups.
It was decided that, although the service offers valuable support at a very difficult time for families, there are a range of alternatives that can be accessed.
Mrs Lorraine Price said a GP suggested the centre could help after her daughter, Alicia, died suddenly when she was just 11 months old.
“As a couple we were in shock and completely lost, but we had two young boys to consider too,” Lorraine said.
She said the centre was an amazing help for Kenan, who was eight, and Ellis, who was five.
“We were all going through the worst ever experience, but the centre helped me get my boys back,” Lorraine said.
'If we can give anything back we will'
The centre was able to reassure Lorraine and her husband, Tony, that what they were doing as a family to help the boys was fine.
“Eight years ago I didn’t think I would ever see my boys smile again but they do. We all do and the centre played a huge part in that.”
Alicia is still an important part of their family. They talk about her all the time and her picture is on the wall at home.
Lorraine said she had been so inspired by the help the family received at the centre she decided to train as a counsellor and now works in a local secondary school.
She helps as a volunteer at the centre’s annual bereavement camp and she and her husband ran a 10k event to raise money for it.
The boys continue to be involved with the centre through its peer group. Kenan wants to be a volunteer there because of the support he received.
Lorraine said the centre had been crucial for them.
“Because of the help it has given us we always feel if we can give anything back we will,” she said.