Sandy Bear Childrens Bereavement Charity

Sandy Bear AGM

Our trustees volunteer their time to ensure that we are right on track to support children, young people and their families through the loss of a significant loved one.

A big thank you to all of them in #TrusteesWeek from #teamsandybear, you have been an amazing support to us (and long may it continue).

Here they are at our recent AGM – you can find out more about out trustees at

Sandy Bear receives £1500 grant

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity has been awarded a £1500 grant to help it continue its services during the pandemic.

The Sandy Bear charity received the funding after its local Preseli MP Stephen Crabb nominated it for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.

The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations in delivering care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding.  As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work during these challenging times.

Stephen Crabb said: “Bereavement at any age can be heart breaking, but for young people the death of a loved one can turn their lives upside down.

“That’s why the work that Sandy Bear do in helping bereaved young people is so important. Its work with children and young families is to be commended and that’s why I was pleased to nominate Sandy Bear for this grant.”

Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said: “Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our 7.9 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that 92 MPs in our regions have nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding.

“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund over 450 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”

Nina’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. I’ve included information about Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity below.
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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Thank you!

New ‘Underwater’ Themed Room

So delighted to unveil our new underwater themed room sprayed by the talented.
Our competition winners, Emily (pictured with her brothers), Amelie and Clem have all given the new room the thumbs up – thank you so much all for creating our wonderful new space to welcome children, young people and families.

Emma Runs Marathon for Sandy Bear!

Even though the Virgin Money UK London Marathon2020 was cancelled, Emma Mills (our hero)  ran the 26.2 miles from Abereiddy to Llanstadwell in aid of Sandy Bear on the 3rd October. Despite pouring rain and really difficult conditions. An amazing achievement and raised funds for us to support the charity.

Sandy Bear Cubs Room Ready!

The Sandy Cubs room is ready and now only awaiting the little children we have the privilege of supporting. As soon as we can safely open with the coronavirus restrictions 

Thank you to @TNLCommunityFund, #southhooklng and the Remembering Jacob Memorial Fund for getting us this far

London Welsh Male Voice Choir

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir (LWMVC) is a big part of members lives with Thursday night rehearsal at the London Welsh Centre with a pint upstairs and then maybe one across the road in the Calthorpe. Going into Covid-19 Lockdown has, like many other choirs, prevented traditional rehearsals and also performances.

It has therefore been important for the Choir to keep meeting and rehearsing. The Choir now rehearses on a Thursday evening on Zoom and has also added classes to enhance Choristers musicology skills.

On Saturday 20th June the Choir was due to perform at St Davids Cathedral to help raise funds for the Sandy Bears Children’s Bereavement Charity. To mark this and to provide a focus for rehearsals the Choir has recorded a virtual performance of Men of Harlech. It has been fantastic to see Choristers of all ages embrace the technology to allow more than 45 Choristers to participate in the recording.


Pembrokeshire County Council Supports Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity has received over £10,000 in support from Pembrokeshire County Council in recognition of the vital and unique evidence-based work it carries out, supporting children and young people who have lost a loved one. In addition, the Council will further 50% match-fund a new Assistant Clinical Lead post for 2 years to help the charity manage demand and plan for the future.

The charity, based in Milford Haven, will use the money to expand service provision through the recruitment of a new member of staff and to also provide anticipatory grief services to prepare children and young people who are living with a loved one with a life-limiting condition. Up to a third of children currently referred to Sandy Bear could benefit from this service.

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 received 150 referrals and supported over 100 children and their families, with evidence-based bereavement support.

The new funding from Pembrokeshire County Council will aid the charity through increased demand for services and loss of income resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic whilst, at the same time, helping Sandy Bear to broaden their service offering. Sandy Bear remains dedicated to supporting children and young people up to the age of 18, 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 Pembrokeshire County Council is investing in Sandy Bear and the children, young people and families we help, especially at this challenging time when demand for our service is rising. We look forward to working closely with the Council over the coming years and we remain committed to providing exceptional therapeutic support for children, young people and their families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.”

Gareth Edwards, Group Manager, Prevention and Early Help at Pembrokeshire County Council says:
“We recognize the valuable contribution and support Sandy Bears provide to Young People and Families in Pembrokeshire and the injection of financial support, at a difficult time for many charities will go so way to ensure the well-being of children and young people now and in the future”.

Sandy Bear Resources Page

We are delighted to share that Sandy Bear has launched our very own You Tube Channel…a library of all the resources we share online and with the children, young people and families that receive our support following the loss of a loved one.

Anita Hicks and Karen Codd, co-founders and Clinical Leads at Sandy Bear say – “This is an important resource for all children, young people and carers we help. It is in addition to the face-to-face, group and telephone contact to everyone who comes into touch with the Sandy Bear service. We are delighted that we can now offer a suite of resources online too.

Unchecked bereavement can affect lives so we are committed to doing everything we can to support our Sandy Bear family”

Visit the YouTube Channel