National award for St Giles Hospice bereavement service

A support service run by St Giles Hospice has been recognised with a national award.

The Bereavement Help Point Service, which runs a weekly session in Lichfield as well as in six other towns across the region, was named Bereavement Project of the Year at the inaugural National Council for Palliative Care awards.

Debbie Kerslake, Ian Leech, Baroness Ilora Finlay, John Grant and Delores Palmer at the inaugural National Council for Palliative Care awards

Debbie Kerslake, Ian Leech, Baroness Ilora Finlay, John Grant and Delores Palmer at the inaugural National Council for Palliative Care awards

The Lichfield help point, run in partnership with Cruse (South Staffordshire), offers emotional and practical support for those who’ve lost a loved one. It is held on Wednesdays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at The Community Space at Tesco Extra.

Ian Leech, community engagement officer at St Giles Hospice, said: “We are so proud of what we are achieving with the Bereavement Help Points.

“We couldn’t do this without our incredible community partners and amazing volunteers. The help points continue to go from strength to strength.”

The sessions offer people who are currently going through bereavement – or who have experienced bereavement – the chance to find information on how to cope with all aspects of losing a relative or friend.

Helen Chetwynd, counselling and bereavement lead for St Giles Hospice, had the original idea for the Bereavement Help Points service.

She said: “I’d like to congratulate Ian for taking the project so much further than I ever imagined.

“I never thought we would have so many help points or that other organisations would want to be involved, and that’s all down to the amazing team of colleagues and volunteers.

“The original idea behind the project was to reach as many people in the community as possible, to provide the place and the dedicated bereavement support volunteers for just a few hours a week, for people to meet, talk, grieve and take care of each other, so we didn’t have to turn distressed and grieving people away.

“The main focus of the project has always been about the people themselves and it has evolved into exactly what they needed it to be.”

For more information about the service visit www.stgileshospice.com/bhp or call 01543 434536.

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