9 December 2016

A BEREAVEMENT charity is benefitting from the support of a local Christmas Tree Festival in Kendal.

The Holy Trinity Parish Church is hosting their fifth annual Christmas Tree Festival on dates throughout December and Child Bereavement UK is one of the forty charities benefitting from support of the local people attending.

Each of the forty trees inside the church represents a different charity and people are asked to decorate them in their own unique festive style.

Leone Edwards, from Kendal, will be attending the event and decorating the tree representing Child Bereavement UK after receiving support from the charity after the death of her daughter in 2013. Leone said;

I think the Christmas Tree Festival is a wonderful event, it gives bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved ones and meet other bereaved families in a warm and welcoming environment. My children also find it therapeutic creating new decorations and putting them on the tree. It’s also feels quite magical being surrounded by so many beautifully decorated trees, I’d recommend it to everyone.

Leone Edwards (far left) and family with Bereavement Support Practitioner Sally Proctor (far right)

Child Bereavement UK offers free support to children, young people and families across the county. The North West Fundraising Officer Seb Farrell said;

We were delighted to be included in this year’s festival after the success of the event in 2015. We would love for all our supporters to go and decorate our tree and make it as big and bright as possible.

The dates for the Festival in December are;

  • Friday 9th & 16th 4pm- 6pm
  • Saturdays 10th& 17th 11am – 4pm
  • Sundays 11th & 18th 3pm – 5pm

On Saturday 10th December Burneside & Sedbergh Youth Brass Band will be performing at 3pm.


Notes for Editors

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train c. 8000 health professionals helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

In the UK, when a baby or child dies, or a child is bereaved, many of those affected are unable to access good quality support which meets their individual needs. Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our aim is to make sure they do.

Child Bereavement UK provides free support and information to bereaved children and young people up to the age of 25 and parents bereaved of a baby or child in Cheshire from its base in Runcorn. Tel: 01928 577164

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