New partnership tackles bereavement

A Sheffield girl is learning to cope with longterm family illness and bereavement, thanks to a unique charity partnership funded by local businesses.

A gap in support for pre-teens and teenagers, identified by St Luke’s Hospice, is now being catered for through a collaboration with youth charity Brathay Trust. The Saturday morning Time 4 You project, based at Sheffield’s only hospice, is funded by money raised by the 2015 and 2016 Sheffield Master Cutler Challenge.

And 12-year-old Lauren, whose grandfather is a St Luke’s patient, is one of the first young people to benefit from the scheme.

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“I love having something to look forward to at the weekend,” said Lauren, who has taken part in a number of activities, including craft sessions.

“The staff are really nice and helpful, they support me in my choices and lifestyle decisions and we can have a laugh after a really hard week.

“It gives me the confidence to go into school and be like the other children there and make new friends. When my mum goes and visits my grandad in St Luke’s we both get time and space.”