A CAMPAIGN to raise money for a St Leonards charity that helps children and families cope with loss and bereavement has received a boost for 2014.
Highwoods Golf Club in Bexhill has leapt in to offer financial support to the Dragonflies Childhood Bereavement Project at the Fellowship of St Nicholas (FSN), based in London Road.
The club chose Dragonflies as its nominated project for 2014 after hearing about the good cause in the Observer following a donation made by Spectrum Financial Services.
The charity is trying to raise £90,000 by 2018 so it can get Big Lottery funding.
Colin Grant, club captain, said: “It’s not something you think about until it happens, but a death in the family is devastating, especially for young children. We are delighted to be supporting Dragonflies and will be holding various fundraising events this year.”
Terry Weston, managing director at Spectrum, said: “This hugely valuable service, largely run by volunteers, has helped increasing numbers of children and young people over the past few years. While the Big Lottery fund will support some of the costs over the next five years, match funding of £90,000 must be also be found through local support and fundraising.”
To try and raise this money Dragonflies has launched an appeal for businesses to donate £250 and whatever other resources they have.
Lesley Brown, young persons manager at Dragonflies, said: “Without help, bereaved children tend to withdraw from their peers and stop performing well at school. Studies have shown that methods of creative therapy and peer support sessions help drastically to improve children’s mental health, well-being and confidence.”