Society help for bereaved kids

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SELFLESS students are helping to bring a little bit of joy to Sheffield youngsters dealing with the loss of a loved one.

A Nice Time on Saturdays society is run by kind-hearted University of Sheffield volunteers to provide fun activities for children aged eight to 11 who are coping with bereavement. Regular day trips, plus arts and crafts workshops, offer an opportunity for the children to meet others that are in the same situation.

Fun events also allow them to express themselves.

Project leader Rachael Hart, aged 20, said: “I have seen how a close bereavement can leave families struggling to get back to normality and ANTS helps do this.

“The children are able to come and have a good time while knowing all of the other children are going through the same thing.”

Children and their families are referred to the free sessions from a variety of agencies.

Mum-of-two Kate Hill, from Sheffield, was introduced after her husband Dominic died of lung cancer in 2010. Her sons, aged 12 and 10, joined ANTS last year.

She said: “ANTS gives the boys the chance to have fun, try new things and meet new people who are in the same situation.

“I don’t think the students know how much their hard work and dedication means to families like ours.”