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London Welsh Male Voice Choir Concert

Third time lucky for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity hosting the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity hosted the London Welsh Male Voice Choir at St Davids Cathedral for a fundraising event on Saturday 7th May. The event drew in over 400 people from both inside, and outside of Pembrokeshire and was described as a ‘wonderful achievement’ for the charity.

The planning of the event previously commenced in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit, not long after Sandy Bear gained its Independent Charity status, and was cancelled twice due to restrictions. The aim of the event was to increase awareness of the charity, as well as to raise funds to support children and young people who have faced the devastating death of someone special in their lives. Indeed, the concert was able to raise a phenomenal amount of £8265.91 from the ticket sales, raffle ticket sales and bucket collections.

In a packed St David’s Cathedral, the London Welsh Male Voice Choir enchanted their audience with the rich splendour of their voices, beautifully at home in this iconic setting. Two talented young musicians, Rhys and Eliza, from Haverfordwest High delighted the audience during a soloist section. Eliza (who has been playing the harp since 7 years old), performed Concerto for Harp in B-flat major by Handel. Rhys, soon to join the Welsh College of Music and Drama, performed Life’s Pageant by Terry Camsey. Both were followed by rapturous applause.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear says, “I am thrilled with how this event went and to have been able to make it a reality, finally, after two years of planning. To see people enjoying themselves, made it all worthwhile. I would like to say a huge thank you to the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, St Davids Cathedral and to those who sponsored and donated to us – especially Valero who were our main sponsors for the night. I hope to work with the choir on a similar event again one day in the future.”

Les Leslie, Marketing Chairman of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir says, “The Choir was greatly honoured to be invited to sing at St. Davids Cathedral in aid of Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.  A wonderful opportunity to work with the dedicated team at Sandy Bear and with the hugely talented soloists Rhys and Eliza.  We look forward to returning in the not too distant future.”

London Welsh Male Voice Choir charity concert for Sandy Bear rescheduled!

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity are pleased to announce that the London Welsh Male Voice Choir concert is due to go ahead on Saturday 7th May 2022 at 7pm.

The aim of the concert is to fundraise for the charity and to continue to raise its profile whilst it continues to grow. The concert will consist of two halves where both the choir and young musical talent of Pembrokeshire with perform.

Tickets are now on sale again here: www.sandybear.co.uk/store

For any enquiries about the concert or if you know if a young musician, contact hannah@sandybear.co.uk.

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.

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity Family Fun Day at Carew Castle

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Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity held their first public event, since Covid-19, on Sunday 29th August. The event ran at Carew Castle which was generously donated by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The day was described as a ‘success’ as the general public, and families of Sandy Bear, thoroughly enjoyed the day.

The family fun day aimed to raise the profile of the children’s bereavement charity as well as trying to raise vital funds for children’s resources. Children, families and young people were able to take part in various craft activities, in the marquee donated by Valero, whilst meeting the staff and volunteers of the charity.

Pembrokeshire’s emergency services and St John’s Ambulance Service attended the day to help educate the guests about the fantastic work they do within the county. There were also many joyful musical performances throughout the day with a choir performance from Artistic Licence Theatre Company, Tickle Tunes and Samba DOC and storytelling from the wonderful Owain Roach.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear says, ‘I am really pleased with how the event went. This was the first ever fundraising event I have organised and it was great to see the smiles on everyone’s faces. I would like to say a huge thank you to those who donated and who we worked with on the day. Mark Everson at Carew Castle supported me throughout the organisation and we also received sponsorship and support from the Port of Milford Haven and Dragon LNG, who are our Charity of the Year partnerships for 2021/2022. I am really looking forward to planning the next event.’

Mark Everson, from Carew Castle and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park says, ‘The Sandy Bear Family Fun Day at Carew went incredibly well. It was a privilege to welcome over 100 children and their families to the Castle. There were so many fun activities throughout the day that our visitors also enjoyed. We are so happy to support Sandy Bear, who are an inspirational charity, and we very much hope to work with them again next year.’

Photography: Gareth Davies

Dragon LNG Charity of the Year Fitness Fundraiser for Sandy Bear

The Social and Wellbeing Committee at Dragon LNG have launched a new exercise challenge to get the whole Dragon Team moving to raise money for Sandy Bear from 26th July until the 7th of October 2021.

The challenge is lasting for 80 days (11 weeks 3 days) and they are seeing how far they can get around the world – their target is 40,075 kms!

The challenge involves Dragon LNG staff and their families (including dogs) taking part in anything which keeps them active.

They have set up a Just Giving page for the fundraiser which can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dragonlng and they are bringing their dragons along with them to take pictures of their activities throughout the challenge. Their dragons have come from The Sheep Shop in Haverfordwest.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear, says ‘We are so pleased to have the support from Dragon LNG through their Charity of the Year partnership. I am really looking forward to hearing from the staff at Dragon LNG about how they are doing within their challenge and seeing the pictures of where they have been over the coming weeks. All of the staff at Dragon LNG have the support from us here at Sandy Bear. We wish them the best of luck.’

Alexis Fletcher, Dragon LNG’s Managing Director says ‘Sandy Bear was hugely popular in our annual selection for Charity of the Year.  It’s been inspiring to hear more about the impact that Karen and her team have in Pembrokeshire, so it’s no surprise that our challenge to get around the world in 80 days and raise money for Sandy Bear is gathering pace.’

The team at Dragon LNG have currently raised £270 of their £400 target.

Dragon LNG

Sandy Bear Family Fun Day at Carew Castle, 29th August 2021

Carew Castle

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity are hosting a Family Fun Day Event at Carew Castle on the 29th August 2021. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have kindly donated the use of the Castle, to the charity, for the day. The day will run between 10.00-16.00 on the August Bank Holiday Sunday.

Local companies and organisations have also put themselves forward to sponsor and support the day. Valero Energy are donating their marquee to the event. The Port of Milford Haven and Dragon LNG, who support Sandy Bear as their Charity of the Year, are also providing support through volunteering and sponsorship.

The purpose of the event is to raise the profile of Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity as well as to raise funds for the resources for the children, young people and families who are supported by Sandy Bear. Such resources help families to understand and cope with the grief they are experiencing as well as allowing children, young people and their families to remember the loved ones they have lost.

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will be inviting past and current clients to the day to help them continue to come together for remembrance and to also enjoy themselves too. The event is open to the public (entrance fee applies).

The charity have arranged for a number of guests, within Pembrokeshire, to attend the day to provide activities, performances and workshops. Covid-19 permitting, the county’s emergency services will be attending where they will share information about the positive work they do within the county as well as providing activities for the families to enjoy.

There will also be musical performances and workshops from Samba DOC and Tickle Tunes, craft activities, storytelling, a teddy bear hunt, a teddy bear picnic and a Sandy Bear walk around the Hay Meadow at Carew Castle. All information regarding the event is being posted onto the charity’s social media platforms in the weeks leading up to the event (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

Sandy Bear are holding a summer raffle in the lead up to the event, which can be entered following a link via their social media platforms. There are six different prizes to be won which have been donated by local businesses within the county. Prizes include a Two Night Bell Tent Stay from Nights Under Canvas, an 8”x10” Pet or Wildlife Portrait from Dawn Beer Art and an Alpaca Trekking Experience for Two from Pembrokeshire Alpaca Trekking. All proceeds will also go towards children’s resources.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear says ‘This is the first event I have organised since joining the charity in May 2021 and the first event we have been able to hold since the pandemic hit. It has been a really exciting challenge for myself within my new role. Everyone we are currently working with has been so supportive of this event and I am really excited to see how the day pans out!’

Daisy Hughes, Visitor Services Manager at Carew Castle says ‘We are so pleased to be working with Sandy Bear on the Family Fun Day in August. Activities are planned in and around the Castle throughout the day and all are welcome to come along and join in the fun! Sandy Bear are such an amazing charity and the support they give to children and young people is extraordinary. We are honoured to be hosting the event and are really looking forward to the day’

For more information about Carew Castle visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/carew-castle/

Sandy Bear House needs you this Christmas!

Can you support Sandy Bear House to continue to be there for bereaved children, young people and their families?

Christmas is magical experience but for many of our children and their families, following a bereavement, it can be a time of apprehension and anxiety.

Without the support of our fantastic community, Sandy Bear House would not exist – a warm and welcoming place created solely in mind for children and young people.

Can you support Sandy Bear House to ensure we are there for children and young people through the most challenging times?

Sandy Bear House means the team at Sandy Bear – Anita, Karen, Anneline and Ceri – have the privilege of working with lots of very special children and young people who are facing the most difficult circumstances, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to manage a new life without their special loved one.

Sandy Bear House is where we train our dedicated group of volunteers who give freely of their time.

Our ratio of volunteers is 1 volunteer per 2 children in each group and each volunteer commits to 6 sessions with the same children over the course of several months.

It costs £45 a day to be there for those children and young people and your support will mean a world of difference.

Even though our Christmas plans have affected by Covid-19, we are still determined to make a world of difference to bereaved children and young people with your support.

Sandy Bear House is a safe space for children to talk about their worries, fears and hopes and a place where they can smile again.

Please help us to be there for them by donating to support Sandy Bear House!

You can do so via the donate button on our website or on our Facebook page

Thank you so much!

National Grief Awareness Week 2 – 8 Dec

Following on from Children’s Grief Awareness Week, the 2nd – 8th December marks National Grief Awareness Week, designed to break taboos and to normalise discussion around grief. The week will also provide guidance on what to say and what to do to help the bereaved.

 Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will be spending this week sharing our insights into childhood and adolescent bereavement on Facebook and Twitter and highlighting useful resources we use (that you can access) to support your family and friends.

 You can contact us for information and advice on 01437 700272 directly if you live in Pembrokeshire and have concerns about a bereaved child or visit the National Grief Awareness Week website for signposting to relevant organisations.

Anneline’s Birthday Fundraiser

For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity. I’ve chosen this charity because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. 
 
We believe that every child and young person should have the opportunity to thrive and to be the very best that they can be. For some children and young people, the death of a loved one will turn their world upside down, leaving them bereft.
 
Sandy Bear is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to improving and strengthening the emotional health and well-being of young people aged 0-18 (and their families), who have experienced the death of a loved one.
 
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