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How shoppers can help hospice bereavement services

Posted onPosted on 11th Mar

Members of the Co-op in Nottinghamshire can help Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People receive up to £6,200 to improve its bereavement services.

Rainbows has been selected to take part in the Co-op Local Community Fund, one of three causes in the community that Co-op members can select to support between now and 23 October. The more members who select Rainbows and shop with the Co-op, the more funds Rainbows will receive.

The charity will use the fund to provide a space for families, who are bereaved, to come together and celebrate precious lives and to lament their loss.

The money would also go towards planning and holding Rainbows’ Annual Remembrance Day, including purchasing craft materials for children’s bereavement activities. Depending on restrictions associated with Covid-19, families whose children have died will be invited to a reflective service and an informal lunch, where memories will be shared.

David Hamilton, psychological and bereavement support lead at Rainbows, said: “Our experience tells us that the community of bereaved families feel the value of being together and noticing they are not alone. The sensitivity of the words and music chosen for the Remembrance Service allows families to connect to unexpressed grief in a safe supportive environment. This contributes positively to their mental well-being and helps them to carry on after the death of their child.”

To find out more on the fund or becoming a Co-op member, visit