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New College Durham students raise £180.

We have some amazing young people in the community. None more so than the lads and lasses on the Vocational Access course at New College Durham. They’ve raised over £180 by making biscuits, choc chip cookies, shortbread and chocolate biscuits, packaging them up and selling them around the college.

Ryan Anstey, of Chester le Street, said he had looked up our website and researched the work of the hospice. After alighting upon our family support pages…and our children’s bereavement counselling services, the group of eight young people in total decided to give the money to help young people who are grieving.

Ryan, who in his spare time helps coach youngsters at Waldridge Park JFC, in Chester le Street, said the young people felt strongly they wanted to do what they could.

Julie Wells, Family Support Team Manager, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts and for the money they have raised.

“It will go toward buying new materials and equipment for our child bereavement suite. ”

She explained that some children find it comforting to fill a memory box like the one Julie is pictured with) with little things that remind them of their lost loved one.

Julie said: “It may contain aftershave, photos, even a favourite chocolate bar. It is something for the children to look at and feel comforted by. Sometimes, the person who is ill may help fill the memory box with the child – it can then become even more powerful.”

Pictured are from left Lucy Spence, Elisha Bates, David Robson, Julie Wells, Lee Cassidy, Ryan Anstey and Barbara Hutchinson.

Also, shots of Julie with one of the Memory Boxes and a couple of pics of our Child Bereavement suite

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