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Former Advertiser employee hopes to make a difference in her new role at the Children's Bereavement Centre

A NEW fundraising manager has been appointed at a Newark-based charity that helps children and their families at very difficult times in their lives.

Rachel Wilson is full of enthusiasm for her new role at the Children’s Bereavement Centre on Kings Road. She wants to help ensure the unique and very special charity has the support and funds it needs.

“I can help by ensuring we raise enough funds to enable us to continue to make a difference,” she said. “That is vitally important to me.”

Rachel Wilson, new fundraising manager at Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark (5572240)
Rachel Wilson, new fundraising manager at Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark (5572240)

Rachel worked at the Advertiser for 25 years and was the sales and commercial director. She said it had been a great career and she had thoroughly enjoyed it.

“This is a new chapter in my life. I just felt it was the right time to move on,” she said.

“I love Newark and the community and when I saw the post advertised at the Children’s Bereavement Centre I was really excited.”

The charity helps children and young people, aged three to 18, and their families affected by terminal illness or bereavement.

Children are seen by a member of the clinical team for eight or 12 sessions on a one-to-one basis. They also run a monthly Saturday support group, workshops, activities and events and a two-day camp.

Core services are provided free so they need £300,000 each year to continue the work, of which only 4% comes from statutory funding.

The charity has always been well-supported by the community and Rachel will be helping to ensure that continues.

Half of the proceeds from Newark’s Newest Santa’s Grotto, which opened on Sunday, will go to the charity.

This Christmas they will be running a campaign to encourage people to give a £6 donation to buy a bear. Each child using the centre is offered one to keep.

The charity will hold its Christmas Candlelight Service in memory of loved ones in Newark Parish Church a week on Friday, starting at 6.30pm.

Anyone who like a name read out during the service should contact the centre on 01636 551739 or info@childrensbereavement centre.co.uk

Rachel said it was wonderful when people organised their own fundraising events.

“If it is a ball that can raise thousands or a child who has raised £20 with a sponsored silence, it all adds up,” she said.

They also need people to take part in events that they organise. They have a charity skydive in June, a sponsored bounce in April and want runners for the Newark and Robin Hood Half-marathons.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities. They want help with a bag pack at Waitrose on December 1 and at Marks and Spencer on December 7 and 8. They will be collecting at the two performances of Aladdin on December 16.

“There are so many lovely people and businesses who give so generously to the charity,” said Rachel. “Thank-you to everyone who supports us and helps us make a difference.”

For more information contact Rachel on 01636 551739.

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