Jill Poll shares why she’s decided to mark her 20 year tenure as a Patron of Child Bereavement UK with an 18-mile fundraising walk from Whitstable to Margate.

When you find out more about this wonderful charity, and what wonderful work they do, anyone would be motivated to raise money.

 I have had the honour of being a Patron for Child Bereavement UK for over 20 years and I’ve decided to mark the end of my patronage by raising more money for the charity. 

I first discovered Child Bereavement UK about 30 years ago when I read an article about the charity in a newspaper. When my beloved daughter Ellen died back in 1979, there was no support for me or my family. From the moment I knew of Child Bereavement UK, I wanted to raise money so that no other family had to suffer.  

Over the years my family and I have raised a significant amount of money with varied activities, including games evenings, a few charity balls and a 150 mile walk. All the funds raised have been used to help bereaved families in some way, including for a book for families called “Farewell My Child” and to set up the Ellen Poll bursary to help train health professionals.

I’ll be walking along the coast from Whitstable to Margate on 29 September 2024 with family and friends, some of whom don’t walk that much and some who regularly join me on dog walks. I have a feeling a lot of our preparation for the walk will be in the pub or talking about it on our dog walks!

Whenever I’ve fundraised for the charity, the fundraising team has been so supportive, sending me information and t-shirts, and keeping in contact. 

My advice to anyone thinking about fundraising for Child Bereavement UK is take some time to read more about the amazing work the charity does for bereaved families. Every penny you raise will help. I would never want any parent or family to go through the trauma of having their child die, or a child having their parent die, without support. When you find out more about this wonderful charity, and what wonderful work they do, anyone would be motivated to raise money.

Visit Jill's JustGiving page to support her fundraising. 

Photo at top of page shows Jill (right) with her walking companions Clare (left) and Dulcie (centre)