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Our financial support has helped Mark and his wife to to focus on the health and happiness of their two children

“Our son, Adam, spent 42 days of the first three months of his life in hospital. I was constantly back and forth between home and the hospital, trying to be there for Adam and my wife while maintaining some sense of normality for our daughter, Aimee.

First, I used up my paternity leave, then my holiday days, and then I went unpaid.  On top of that, it’s really expensive to live in hospital. Between parking, petrol, eating… the nurses would tell us to get a coffee, but we’d be worried about how to pay for it!

The grants we received from the MCF lifted a huge weight from my shoulders. They have taken the pressure off during expensive times of the year like Christmas and the summer holidays, and have meant we can focus on Adam’s health and the happiness of both our children during a worrying time for us all.”

 

 

Our Impact

Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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Dogs for Good

Studies show that dogs have a profoundly positive effect on children with autism and can help the child to develop skills that increase independence and quality of life. The PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) project help parents of children with autism find (if they don’t already have a dog) and train a dog to…

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