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Spindley family thank Children’s Bereavement Centre with £500 donation


By Connor Thompson


A family that was helped through bereavement by a charity last week presented it with more than £500 in thanks.

James and Claire Spindley’s son, Austin, died in July 2017 when he was a few hours old. His sister, Ava, was three at the time.

The Newark couple have since raised money for the Children’s Bereavement Centre in the town, which helped them and Ava through their loss.

Cheque presentations to Children's Bereavement Centre.
L-R Sarah Ellwood (Saint-Gobain Formula), Rachel Wilson (Fundraising manager at Children's Bereavement Centre), Claire Spindley, Stephen Knowlton-Rayner (Saint-Gobain Formula). (7061522)
Cheque presentations to Children's Bereavement Centre. L-R Sarah Ellwood (Saint-Gobain Formula), Rachel Wilson (Fundraising manager at Children's Bereavement Centre), Claire Spindley, Stephen Knowlton-Rayner (Saint-Gobain Formula). (7061522)

A walk of memory raised £1,900 last year, which Ava presented to the centre, and a coffee morning last week raised more than £1,100.

It included a donation of £500 from Saint-Gobain Formula, which has many connections with the centre, and helps it regularly.

The money is being divided between the centre and The Butterfly Suite at King’s Mill Hospital, where the family was able to spend time with Austin.

Claire said that the play therapy sessions Ava had received at the Children’s Bereavement Centre centre had helped her understand what had happened to Austin.

“It is an amazing place,” said Claire. “It made such a difference to us all.”

The centre’s fundraising manager, Rachel Wilson, said: “Our core services are provided free of charge and in order to continue to offer these services the charity relies heavily on the fundraising activity and support from the local community and local businesses.

“I am delighted to accept the cheque from the coffee morning Claire organised and also from Saint Gobain Formula.

“Their amazing support will enable us to continue to provide the much needed support to local children and their families during what is one of the most difficult times in their lives. A heartfelt thank you.”



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