Grief Encounter Jan 2017 What we've been up to this month: Trek to Namibia After a hugely successful trek to Machu Picchu in 2016, Why not make 2017 life changing with an exhilarating adventure in Namibia? In October 2017, Grief Encounter will send 14 people to the oldest desert on earth with ex-SAS soldier Ken Hames. Whilst raising money for Grief Encounter, trekkers will do the equivalent of 5 marathons, see once in a lifetime sights and sleep under the stars! If you want to know more, contact us! The Rainbow Centre Grief Encounter are excited to have partnered with Bristol based, The Rainbow Centre, a centre for children and their families suffering from the effects of a life threatening illness or family bereavement. We will be offering our unique Family Programme to the local families of Bristol and Bath. By merging our charities, Grief Encounter will have the opportunity to expand our service offering to a wider network of families. CGAW 2016 Children's Grief Awareness Week 2016 made a huge splash, with celebrities including Freddie Ljungberg, Aston Merrygold, Lord Sugar, Lisa Faulkner and more supporting our online #maketime2listen campaign on Facebook and Instagram. Our clinical lead Stacey also appeared on ITVs This Morning, talking about grief, and articles were published in The Independent, Huffington Post, Life as a Widower and BBC News online. Thank you to everyone who bought a cupcake, and supported the event online, raising awareness for bereaved children. Marathons We are looking for people to run the North London Half Marathon on the 12th March and Bristol Marathon on the 9th April. If you're interested, please email us. In The Press We are so proud that Grief Encounter Ambassador’s have been shouting about the work we do in the press recently. Martin Lewis was featuring in the Daily Star, talking about losing his mother as a child; and Al Murray was featured in Tatler Magazine, explaining why he is an ambassador for us. Grief Encounter have also offered tips on dealing with bereavement within the family thanks to the recent storyline in popular BBC TV show, Eastenders; and the announcement of a documentary filmed with Rio Ferdinand about the loss of his wife Rebecca, airing this Spring.