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Comic Relief grant helps Cornwall’s children’s bereavement charity

17 March 2014

CCF has awarded £29,940 of Comic Relief funding to Penhaligon’s Friends in Cornwall. Penhaligon’s Friends is the children’s bereavement charity for Cornwall and operates across the entire county. Last year the charity helped over 600 bereaved children come to terms with the death of a family member or close friend. They also support children and their families when facing a terminal diagnosis.

The grants have been awarded to two groups in Cornwall, including Penhaligon’s Friends, which will use its £29,940 grant to provide support for bereaved teenagers in the Newquay area. Monthly group meetings will take place with 6-8 young people in attendance.

Penhaligon’s Friends’ work is carried out in a combination of different ways; regular memory days and other gatherings for families, monthly teenage support groups in 3 locations across the county, parents group and individual support. In addition to children’s and family services Penhaligon’s Friends provide high-quality training in child bereavement to an ever-widening range of professionals and volunteers. Penhaligon’s Friends has over 50 volunteers across the county and was proud to have won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2010, the MBE for Charity Groups. For further information visit www.penhaligonsfriends.org.uk

Julie Parker from Penhaligon’s Friends said ‘All our children’s and family services are provided free-of-charge and are on-going for as long as they are needed in each individual case. We rely entirely upon grants and donations to ensure our charity is able to support those families that need us most.’

Cornwall Community Foundation manages several grants programmes on behalf of Comic Relief.