Charity gets a helping hand at a time of grief

Hartlepool Bereavement members (left to right) Linda Parker, Edgar Coulson and Michelle Hall pictured with Michael Hendry(top left) and John Megson(top right).
Hartlepool Bereavement members (left to right) Linda Parker, Edgar Coulson and Michelle Hall pictured with Michael Hendry(top left) and John Megson(top right).

A CHARITY which has supported more than 600 grieving people has received a much-needed cash boost.

The Hartlepool Bereavement Service, which helps people when they have suffered the loss of a loved one, has received a £960 donation.

 The money comes thanks to guests who attended the recent Hartlepool Business Awards – who provided £480 – and Barclays Bank which matched the amount given by the awards committee.

Bereavement Service officials have praised the sum as “absolutely marvellous” and said it was an important boost for the cause which provides a range of support.

That can be anything from emotional support to help with sorting out housing, finance and benefits issues.

It could be help with handling wills or with completing forms.

Edgar Coulson is the chairperson of the group and said: “It is good to be recognised and to be chosen as one of the four charities for an award.”

He told how the money would help to keep the service going and financial boosts such as this were vital at a time when many charities were competing for finances.

The caring group has helped more than 600 people in the last four years as they try to cope with one of the toughest times in their lives.

As well as advice, the service has a social group and does practical advocacy work. The help it provides is free and confidential.

Guests at the awards raised enough money to give four cheques of £480 to town charities. They raised it by taking part in a raffle on the night of the glittering finale at the Borough Hall.

The other three to benefit were Epilepsy Outlook, Hartlepool People’s Centre and ADDvance into Nature.

Awards co-ordinator John Megson said: “This was raised from the kind generosity shown by the business people of Hartlepool and by Barclays Bank.”

The bank’s business manager for Hartlepool Michael Hendry said: “It is good that we can support causes in this way and match the funding.

“These are all local charities and it is important to be involved in the local area.”

Anyone wanting more details about the bereavement service should contact (01429) 244689 or visit the charity’s website address at www.hartlepoolbereavementservice.org.uk