Support for bereaved families

2 Sep 2019 01:54
Published by: Daniel Almond


COLLECTIVE, the award-winning childcare provider that runs holiday, breakfast and after-school clubs across Cheshire has raised an incredible £1,000 for the Once Upon a Smile charity.

In just a few months, families and staff at Kids Collective took part in a number of fundraising events. All the proceeds were then donated to help local children and families who are bereaving.

From February to May the events held included bake sales, football matches and a car wash – all of which brought the local community together.

The Kids Collective team also took part in an epic charity bike ride from Hale to John O’Groats in Scotland. This took them just five days to complete and went a long way towards reaching the £1,000 goal.

Based in Manchester, Once Upon a Smile is a charity that provides much needed support for bereaved families. It was founded in 2011 and is the only bereavement charity in the UK to offer a variety of support to families after the death of a loved one.

Hannah Reeves, group manager of Kids Collective, said: “Bereavement is something that has affected both staff and families within our clubs. It was a delight to be able to fundraise and make a difference to so many families helped by Once Upon a Smile.

 “We will be continuing to support the charity in the future, with the next event being a sponsored colour run in September.”

Lorna Pitman, fundraising manager of Once Upon a Smile, said: “We are extremely grateful to the team at Kids Collective for their amazing fundraising efforts and for choosing to support Once Upon a Smile.

“We have recently opened Sidley House, a dedicated bereavement hub supporting families across Greater Manchester, so the money raised will enable us to support more families.”

Kids Collective provides childcare and education to more than 1,800 children across Cheshire.


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