What we've been up to this month:

As summer fast approaches, we take a look back over the last few months. A brand refresh, a Gala Dinner raising £1.3 million, a brand new helpline, 2 new ambassadors and a celebrity 15th Anniversary trek to China you could be a part of...we've been busy!

You might have noticed we look a little different… our new look branding has finally launched to celebrate our 15th birthday, and we couldn’t be prouder. We think it will help make us instantly recognisable and shows off our updated service offering for 2019. We hope you like it!
In other news, March saw us hold our 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the stunning Roundhouse, London. The atmosphere and generosity in the room surpassed all of our hopes and dreams for the evening.

With over 850 guests, breath-taking entertainment, inspiring speeches, mouth-watering food and more, we couldn't be prouder to say we raised an amazing £1.3 million to fund vitally needed services for bereaved children in the UK.

April saw us launch our brand-new helpline ‘grieftalk’, funded by a donation of £86,000 from patron, Martin Lewis OBE, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, who lost his own mother age 11. The helpline provides instant, confidential advice and support for bereaved children and young people, on the phone, via chat and online. "I wanted to fund this helpline so that children facing a similar situation to what I did will have the help I didn’t. There is no cure to grief, but this is about making things more bearable, so they can go on to first survive, and I hope later, thrive.” comments Martin. Check out ways to access help here.

We are super excited to announce two new ambassadors joining the Grief Encounter family. On the first anniversary of his mother’s death, model and festival founder Chris Jammer, star of E4’s ‘Shipwrecked’, has announced his ambassadorship for Grief Encounter. We are thrilled to welcome Chris on board and are so excited that in October 2019, he will be trekking The Great Wall of China for us, in her memory. 

Joining Chris on the fundraising challenge is ‘Made in Chelsea’ star James Dunmore. Having lost both of his sisters, Lucinda and Jodi, to Cystic Fibrosis as a teenager, he became the one in every classroom in the UK who experiences the bereavement of a parent or sibling by the time they reach 16 years old. He will be taking on the Great Wall Discovery challenge in their memory, in his new role as Grief Encounter Ambassador. 

In April, a team of incredible Grief Encounter fundraisers took on the challenge of the Virgin London Marathon. Our 14 participants raised an amazing £46,472.64, with one of our #teamgriefencounter in the top 3% of JustGiving fundraisers for April! We cannot thank them enough for their hard work, determination and effort taking on such an incredible challenge! 

On May 18th, the Grief Encounter Children's Choir were invited by our fantastic patron Katherine Jenkins to perform at the London Palladium, as part of her 'Guiding Light Tour'. 12 children sang alongside Katherine for a live performance of 'Jealous of the Angels', receiving a standing ovation from the delighted audience. It was an amazing experience for all involved!

It has been a very very busy few months, and we can’t wait to share all of the exciting things we have coming up over the summer, and looking ahead to Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2019 in November.