Last ditch bid to save Wakefield charity which helps bereaved children

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A LIFELINE charity which helps bereaved children is staging a last-ditch bid to avoid closure after losing £90,000 of annual NHS and council funding.

Wakefield-based Star Bereavement Support Service helps around 130 children a year come to terms with losing a parent or sibling.

The charity, which employs six people, faces closure at the end of June following NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group’s withdrawal of £65,000 annual funding at the end of March.

The cash blow comes after Wakefield Council stopped their annual £25,000 contribution to Star Wakefield’s funding last March.

Denise Nowell, the chair of trustees at Star Wakefield, is urging anyone who can help the charity to attend an event later this month designed to win new financial support for the service.

The charity has sent out letters to schools GP practices, businesses and members of the public, urging people to attend the event

It is being held over two sessions at Wakefield Wildcats stadium on Aberford Road from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm on Friday February 27.

Denise Nowell said: “We are looking for sponsors and people who can fundraise.

“We have lost all of our funding now. We are at the point where we have to find other revenue streams, otherwise we will be having to close the charity.

“We really need to get the word out how important this service is to young people.”

Anyone who can help is asked to e mail claire@starwakefield.org.uk to confirm which session they would like to attend.

For more information, go to www.starwakefield.org.uk

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