Month: March 2020

Sandy Bear Thank Valero For Transformational Support

“You voted and named Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity your Charity of the Year for 2019. We went on to achieve an incredible amount of work together, resulting in a Children’s Bereavement hub for the whole of Pembrokeshire. Without your amazing support our Sandy Bear house would not be where it is now – providing support to all Pembrokeshire children.

We wanted to share with you how meaningful your kindness has been to the bereaved children, young people and families in Pembrokeshire that we are privileged to support.
The hours you volunteered saw you empty, repair, clean, paint and decorate a beautiful space dedicated to supporting children and young people. Through your kindness, we now have a lovely and welcoming home, where our children, young people and families can visit us, in an environment created solely with them in mind.

Your generosity has enabled us to work with over 100 children and their families and carers directly at Europa House, helping them through the most difficult and distressing of times. With your support, we are working very hard to support those who come to us to see and reach for happiness in their lives and move forward following the death of a loved one.

We know our service makes a positive difference to bereaved children, young people and families, they’ve told us! They’ve also told us how safe and relaxed they feel in our Sandy Bear house which enables them to talk as easily as they can about what’s happened to them, their fears and their hopes.
Without your support, this would not have been possible – on behalf of the children, young people and their families; our volunteers; our trustees; and Anita, Karen and Ceri, we want to say a huge thank for all that you have done and all you continue to do.

We feel very blessed to have the support from the employee volunteers at Valero.”

Anita Hicks and Karen Codd
Founders of Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity celebrates after receiving nearly £10,000 from the National Lottery

9th March 2020 – Press Release

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity is celebrating after being awarded almost £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with children who have lost a loved one. The charity, based in Milford Haven, will use the money to extend its services further, by setting up a new specialised group, supporting children 5 years and younger who have suffered the loss of a parent, sibling or grandparent.
Sandy Bear is as an independent charity and is staffed part-time by 3 individuals who are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers. The charity was founded by Anita Hicks and Karen Codd along with a small group of committed trustees in 2017. Since then, the charity has supported over 100 children and their families, with evidence-based bereavement support.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will part-fund a new service called Sandy Cubs that will bring bereaved children and families together by working with them in talking with their very young child about their loved one’s death, including how and what to share, understanding the right words to use and starting conversations around what happens afterwards. It will support them to think about the child’s experience, what helps a child grieve, how a young child grieves and how to maintain close attachment to the one who has died.
At the same time, Sandy Bear will remain dedicated to supporting children and young people up to the age of 19, to improve and strengthen their emotional health and well-being, who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Ceri Crichton, Charity Development Lead of Sandy Bear says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our vital work in this way. We will now be able to broaden our existing services in line with the need that is acknowledged for bereavement support for very young children and their families in Pembrokeshire. We owe a big thank you to National Lottery players who have made this possible., helping children and their families through the most difficult of times.”

Isobel Hall, Volunteer and Chair of the trustees says: “The building of our charity relies on the fantastic support of our local community and we are delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has chosen our project. It makes the difference a huge difference to those we support, allowing us to move forward and to make a valuable difference to children and their families”.