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Bereavement Charity's Back-to-School Campaign

Tuesday August 17

Children taking part in the 'fizzy juice challenge', illustrating how feelings which are left bottled up can explode.


As schools return this week, children’s bereavement charity Richmond’s Hope has launched a campaign called ‘Let it Out’.

From hectic mornings to new classmates and teachers, the start of a new school year can be stressful for any child, let alone one that has suffered a bereavement. Richmond’s Hope helps bereaved children and young people develop their own healthy coping strategies so they can manage their feelings.  

Martin Scott, Chief Executive of Richmond’s Hope, says: “It’s an alarming fact that 1 in 29 children in Scotland are bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s an average of 1 child in every school class. We’re asking people to join our ‘Let it Out’ campaign and share how they cope with big feelings.”

If you’d like to get involved in the ‘Let it Out’ campaign or set up your own fundraising challenge for Richmond’s Hope visit www.justgiving.com/richmondshope .

Richmond’s Hope, which was established at Richmond Craigmillar Church in Edinburgh 18 years ago, supports bereaved children and young people between the ages of 4 and 18. At the heart of its programme of support are specialised grief activities and therapeutic play which helps bereaved children and young people improve their mental health and wellbeing by working out their grief through verbal and non-verbal ways.

Children who come to Richmond’s Hope are supported by dedicated specialist bereavement support workers for 40 minutes once a week for an average of 12 sessions. All services and sessions are free and the charity operates an open referral system.

For more information on Richmond’s Hope and its services visit www.richmondshope.org.uk  or email info@richmondshope.org.uk


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