Noah and his dad What we've been up to this month: This Summer has been jam-packed with supporters hosting events and taking part in challenges in aid of Grief Encounter; so this month, we want to take the opportunity to say thank you, and spotlight a few of our #GEHeroes. From our office volunteers who support us by packing and sending Grief Relief Kits, to the committee members who generously give their time to plan our amazing events, raising vital funds to keep us operating. Not forgetting the incredible fundraisers who take on life changing challenges including treks, triathalons and marathons to raise money and awareness for bereaved children in the UK. Here are some of their stories... This is 12 year old Noah, and his proud Dad, Martin. They have raised £3000 for Grief Encounter taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon and hiking through Snowdonia. A huge 3,560ft high, Noah and Martin spent 7 hours ascending Mount Snowdon to unforgettable views. "I am truly thankful I have a loving family, and can only imagine how devastating it must be to lose a parent. I want to help make a real difference to the children Grief Encounter support." Huge thanks to #GEHeroes Spire Hospital who, as part of their team charity challenge, including CEO Justin Ash and CFO Jitesh Sodha, cycled a gruelling 333km from their office in central London to Spire Hospital in Bristol - all in one day! In October of this year, Milo will be joining a team of 8 incredible children, running the Race for Kids 5k in aid of Grief Encounter. Collectively they have already raised over £4,500 already! Milo is running in memory of his Auntie Tanya, who sadly died in February. "She would be proud to know we were helping others, because that’s what she always did." In Other News: We are hugely proud to announce our merger with TheRainbow Centre Bristol to create our first regional office, Grief Encounter South West. “After evaluating the success of our partnership with this rapidly growing organisation over the last few years, we feel it is time to take our relationship to the next level, and are thrilled to announce we will be fully merging as of 31st July 2019, to become Grief Encounter South West. We share the same mission, values, goal and ethos and as one unified charity we will be able to combine our ideas and resources, building upon one cause and organisation together, spreading greater awareness and delivering our services to an increased number of children and families in crisis.” Karmen Losey, Grief Encounter South West Director. If you're surfing through Spotify looking for new music, have a listen to J-Sol's new single 'Bullet in My Heart', available to download nowwith 5% of the proceeds from every download donated directly to bereaved children in the UK, supporting Grief Encounter. J-Sol found fame on the UK X-Factor in 2018, we're so thankful he is supporting us with his new music. We have teamed up with Scamp & Dude, who created a kids clothing brand with ‘infused super powers’ after suffering a brain haemorrhage and a long stay in hospital away from her children, and Super Mummy-Vlogger Anna Sacconne, to create a charity #swagbagswithpurpose in aid of Grief Encounter. Anna was 21 when her father died of cancer, so she has seen first-hand the devastation childhood bereavement has. “I was 21 when my dad passed away, but my little sisters were only 10 and 17, so I know all too well how grief affects young families and I think this is such a worthy cause.” We can’t thank Anna and Scamp & Dude enough for working with us in this brilliant campaign. All of the profits from the sale of Anna’s Swag Bag will go directly to Grief Encounter to Support bereaved children and young people in the UK!