Category Archives: Bereavement

Rise and Shine for Sunrise Walk

This year’s Sunrise Walk takes place in London on Sunday 3 June and is set to see more walkers than ever raising funds for Shooting Star Chase, which provides children’s hospice care for families across West London and Surrey.

Sunrise Walk PosterNow in its sixth year, the Sunrise Walk has so far attracted over 1,400 walkers who have raised more than £250,000. By taking part in the Sunrise Walk 2018, walkers can help Shooting Star Chase reach its target of £90,000, so the charity can continue providing a lifeline for parents, siblings and other family members who are coping with the devastating loss of a child.

A challenge with a difference, the Sunrise Walk takes participants through the picturesque surroundings of Richmond Park, Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Hampton Court Palace – and the difference? It all begins at 4.30am! Giving participants a chance to see the beautiful sights as the sun rises.

This year, as well as the main 20km route, there is a brand new 10km route, giving everyone from family, friends (and even dogs!) a chance to enjoy the sights at their leisure. The fun doesn’t end when the walk does, as after the walk there will be a celebration breakfast picnic for participants to recharge and refuel.

The funds raised at the Sunrise Walk will help Shooting Star Chase continue to support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

To find out more about the Sunrise Walk and how you can sign up click here.

Jasmine helps bereaved teens

A teenager who lost her brother to leukaemia is using her experience to help bereaved schoolchildren.

Jasmine Crayton,  from Trekenner in Cornwall, found returning to school after her brother died three years ago to be incredibly tough. Now she is working with Fixers, a national movement of young people fixing issues they feel strongly about. Jasmine is one of a group of Cornish teenagers who want schools to better understand the needs of their pupils if they lose a loved one.

When Jasmine returned to school after her brother Jordan’s death, she was bullied by other pupils and believes her teachers could have done more to help.

The 17-year-old said: “After Jordan died I went back to school about a month later. You don’t want to be wrapped in cotton wool but you don’t want to be just expected to be normal as soon as you go back.

“A group of children in my class felt that I was getting special treatment. I was bullied because they were jealous.”

Jordan was 16 when he died in April 2010 after losing his battle with leukaemia.

Jasmine added: “Jordan was my best friend. He was the happiest person I know and the bravest person.”

Jasmine and the Fixers, who have all lost a close family member, have been supported by the Cornish bereavement charity Penhaligon’s Friends.

They’re planning to create a magazine for schools to share their experiences with teachers. It is hoped that greater understanding  will allow bereaved young people to stay engaged with their studies whilst going through their ordeal.

Jasmine, who has another elder brother called Bradley, said: “It is important that schools take bereavement seriously as it’s quite a delicate matter and some teachers don’t know what to say in some situations so they don’t say anything at all. It would be good for a child who has been through bereavement to have someone in school who they could go to who they could feel safe to talk to.”

About one in 25 young people have experienced bereavement of a parent or sibling, about the same as one child in every classroom in the country, according to charity Winston’s Wish.