Project information

Family Bereavement Day & Lantern Walk

This will form a crucial part of our support programme, enabling bereaved families to meet others in a similar situation and thereby appreciate that they are not alone in their grief.

December 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Guy's Gift

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  • Need


    Bereaved children are disadvantaged and frequently feel "different" and isolated. They may feel that they are "the only one" whose parent or sibling has died.


    Each Family Bereavement Day will have a specific therapeutic theme, and aim to provide a time for reflection together with an opportunity to have some fun. In the process, we aim to reduce isolation and provide an opportunity for bereaved families to form friendships with others in a similar situation, leading to longer term mutual support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the isolation felt by bereaved children and their families.


    » A candle ceremony, providing an opportunity for bereaved individuals to light a candle in memory of their loved one.
    » Creative activities giving bereaved children "permission" to have fun without feeling guilty.
    » Preparation of stars to hang on a tree at the end of a Lantern Walk around the grounds of Ragley Hall.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by observation of and feedback from individuals themselves, along with their responses to questionnaires and other monitoring resources, eg tree people.

  • Impact


    Following our support, bereaved children and their families are likely to have regained sufficient self-esteem and confidence and be better equipped to continue their own lives in a meaningful way.

    With your support, we are confident that we can ensure a better future for bereaved children and their families in Warwickshire by addressing their grief at an early stage.


    Each Family Bereavement Day can take place on an appropriate scale to the level of funding secured.

    The most important factor is that participation should be free of charge to bereaved indidviduals, thereby ensuring accessibility to all. Transport can be an issue for some families, and a priority is therefore to ensure that funding is secured so that all those without their own transport can be delivered to the venue, eg by taxi or minibus as appropriate.


    We would be delighted to have the opportunity to provide a full report to donors, including photographs (bearing in mind confidentiality issues).

    We also welcome publicity, which enables us to raise our profile further and raise greater awareness of our service.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,365

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      Amount Heading Description
      £800 Transport 5 minibuses with driver @ £200
      £700 Venue Hire/Catering 100 individuals
      £460 Lanterns 100 individuals @ £4 (inc tea lights/glow sticks)
      £2,405 Resources/Insurance inc. craft materials for 100 individuals
  • Background


    Ragley Hall, Alcester, South Warwickshire.

    This venue provides numerous opportunities for a Family Bereavement Day & Lantern Walk, with a large amount of open space, picnic area (for Summer Bereavement Days), play equipment for all age ranges, facilities for outdoor challenges, and ease of parking. It also has covered areas in case of poor weather.


    Our aim is to ensure that all those bereaved individuals we are working with have access to participation in this event.

    In addition, we would like to open it to the wider bereaved community within Warwickshire, and thereby provide them with an opportunity to come along and meet others in a similar situation. In this way, we can raise awareness within the local community of issues surrounding bereavement and also support a greater number of individuals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only organisation providing a free service of support for bereaved children and their families in South Warwickshire.

    We have considerable experience of working with bereaved individuals and are recognised by professionals within Warwickshire as providing a valuable service to the local community.

    “I believe Guy’s Gift is an essential service for Warwickshire children and hope that it is here to stay”

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stuart Potter

    Service Manager, with responsibility for overseeing the whole event, including ensuring that all policies and procedures are water-tight.

    John Smith

    Bereavement Service Practitioner, with responsibility for ensuring that Guy's Gift constantly works towards the objectives of Every Child Matters.

    Jackie Potter

    Bereavement Service Practitioner, with responsibility for ensuring that staff and volunteers are well supervised.


For a child to benefit from our support programme

“I have been impressed by the speed of response that Guy’s Gift offers and the flexible way they work by working with the children and young people”

Head Teacher