Sandy Bear

December 2021

National Lottery Community Fund award to Sandy Bear

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity received a grant of £100,000 over three years to establish a new bereavement support service for children under six years old, and to expand the existing Sandy Bear service for six to eleven year-olds in Pembrokeshire. It will increase volunteer numbers and deliver professional training to provide greater capacity to meet an increasing demand for services. 

Ceri Crichton is the Charity Development Lead at Sandy Bear and said, “The National Lottery Community Fund award of £100,000 has secured our new Sandy Cubs service for the next 3 years, supporting babies, toddlers, young children and their families when faced with one of life’s most devastating losses – the death of a significant loved one.  

“This means that through the award, Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity can offer support to bereaved children, young people and their families throughout  their entire childhood and teenage years, if they need us.  

“We want to express our thanks and gratitude to the National Lottery players who are making a huge difference in our children’s lives that we serve. We are dedicated to helping children and teenagers through their grief journey and this is made possible because of you.”


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Lamphey WI ‘Yarn Bombs’ village to raise funds for Sandy Bear

Lamphey WI

Ever had a cuddle with a Snowman?!

The ladies of Lamphey & District WI have been busy over the last few months, constructing a surprise, snowman display for the inhabitants of Lamphey village to enjoy over the 2 weeks of Christmas.   The display has been made using a number of different mediums including knitting, crochet and other crafts and comprises of two life size snowmen, their dog , teddy bear and decorations.  The figures are sat on a commemorative bench to Robert Phillips, whose wife was delighted to hear that the WI is helping to lift village spirits this Christmas.  Residents are being encouraged to have a gentle cuddle and a selfie with Mr & Mrs Snowman and family and Mrs Phillips said that her husband would have been one of the first to have had a cuddle!

Over 15 members of the WI have been involved and, as well as raising a smile in the village, the display has been a valuable shared experience to  re unite the WI members, and get to know the significant number of new members that have joined, post lockdown.   All the wool has been donated by the community and an unravelling party is planned in the new year to reuse it, where possible, for other WI projects, including blankets, premature baby hats and in passing on knitting skills by teaching the next “Tom Daley” how to knit in the local school.

The WI also hopes to raise valuable funds for the Sandy Bear Bereavement Charity for those unable to enjoy a cuddle with someone they love, this Christmas.  Much appreciated support has been secured from Lamphey School and the Lamphey Hall hotel who will be hosting collection buckets for those wishing to donate and a QR code at the display also links to the charity’s JustGiving page.

Lamphey & District WI President, Pat Parkhurst, said “The WI is a core part of village life and we hope to be able to help raise a few smiles this Christmas as well as generate some funds for such a worthwhile charity.  We’ve had great fun working on this display over the last few months and it has been a particularly good activity to engage with the many new members that we have welcomed recently.”

Lamphey & District Women’s Institute comprises of over 40 members and meets monthly (except August) on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Lamphey Village Hall.  Activities vary widely from monthly talks/presentations, craft, theatre trips, book clubs and much more and centre on fun!   New members are always welcome.

Contact information: Gill Orchard, 07773 916372,

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Assistant Bereavement Practitioner Posts at Sandy Bear

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We are delighted to share that we are recruiting for two part time Assistant Bereavement Practitioner posts.

There are two posts advertised, 22.5hrs and 30hrs  per week – click the links for full details and how to apply.

You can also find links to the adverts in English and Welsh under About > Work With Us> in the main menu at the top of the page.

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Sandy Bear wins Above and Beyond Award

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In September, Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity was one of the 30 organisations nominated for a Above and Beyond Award through Connect Pembrokeshire. These awards were designed to celebrate voluntary and community groups and the incredible contribution they make to their communities.

The vote closed in October and Sandy Bear was informed that they were one of the four winners of the Above and Beyond Awards to receive £500. The money can be used by the winning organisations in any way they like – whether that be on the service or treating volunteers.

Since receiving the money, Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity have been invited to attend the PAVS Volunteer Awards on Thursday 9th December where the award will officially be presented. As a charity, Sandy Bear have chosen to use the money to treat the volunteers during the awards ceremony by holding a get together and a buffet to say thank you and celebrate the hard work they carry out with bereaved children, young people and their families in Pembrokeshire.

Ceri, the Charity Development Lead at Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity, says ‘We are delighted to have been nominated for the Above and Beyond Award and to receive the recognition of our hard work. We look forward to celebrating with our volunteers what we have achieved to show our appreciation of the work they carry out with our team and the support they give to bereaved children, young people and their families.’

Lee Hind, from PAVS says, “It was a pleasure to facilitate the Above and Beyond Awards. The way the awards were constructed means that those nominated and those who won were all chosen by the people of Pembrokeshire. This in turn means that hundreds of citizens voted for our winners and we, alongside them, are proud to continue to support Pembrokeshire’s fabulous voluntary groups”.

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Sandy Bear supported by The Original Factory Shop

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This year, The Original Factory Shop in Milford Haven chose to support Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity as their local cause. The Original Factory Shop chooses a different charity or cause each year by collecting donations in store.

Donations are made via collection boxes in store, using a TOFS card when making a purchase or by buying a carrier bag. This year, the Milford Haven store raised £222.22 for Sandy Bear. The money will be used to buy books which go out to families and professionals for advice shortly following a bereavement. The cost of a book starts at £7.49 with the one used most often, ‘A Child’s Grief’ costing £9.99. This means that the donations from The Original Factory shop will help to support around 22 children, young people and their families.

“We’re really excited that we and our customers have helped to raise £222.22 for Sandy Bear, our chosen charity. What they do is invaluable for the local area and we’d like to think that this effort will go some small way to supporting their work in the community. As a company, this year, we have decided to support local charities in our towns, and in March we asked our customers through Facebook which charity they would like us to support.” Said Mandy Salter, Manager.

Hannah, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear, says “We are so grateful for the support we receive from our local community. Fundraisers like these allow us to continue to purchase books and resources for the bereaved children, young people and their families in Pembrokeshire.”

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Sandy Bear’s Christmas Event at Folly Farm!

Folly Farm Event

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity held their Christmas event at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo on Sunday 5th December. The children and their families saw the animals, visited Santa in his grotto and were given a stocking filled with goodies and an advent calendar.

The funding for this event came from the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust which was rolled over due to the pandemic putting a stop to the event last year. The charity is so grateful that such funds exist to allow the children and their families to enjoy days out together after suffering a bereavement.

The staff and volunteers of Sandy Bear would like to say a huge thank you to the Millennium Stadium Charitable trust as well as a big thank you to:

Folly Farm who accommodated the event.

To the generous donor of the stockings for the children.

To the Country Living Group for the donation of the advent calendars.

To Ysgol Harri Tudur for helping to fill the stockings with goodies for the children.

Pictured are the children form the first Sandy Cubs group along with staff and volunteers of Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

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