This month, our charity of the month is Jigsaw (South East), based in East Grinstead since 2006, the charity offers support to children and young people in Surrey and parts of West Sussex who have a family member with a life-threatening illness. It also provides grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a loved one through illness, accident, suicide or murder, through specialised support groups.
Nationally, a child is bereaved of a parent every 22 minutes. In Surrey, an estimated 620 children aged between 0 – 17 lose their mum or dad every year, according to the Childhood Bereavement Network. The impact of a death or serious illness in the family can be devastating to a child or young person, and have a major impact on their home life, schooling and education, and their friendships.
Nickey Price, Jigsaw (South East)’s Operation Manager, says: “Our service provides support to children who have lost a close family member and those who have a family member with a serious illness. It can be a very confusing and emotionally difficult time for children; they are often bewildered and frightened and find it difficult to talk to adults who may also be having a difficult time. We provide these families with support and guidance and a safe place to talk about their emotions and encourage them to make memories whilst meeting others in the same situation.”
Last year, the charity received more than 400 enquiries from families in Surrey and West Sussex going through the worst times of their lives. It supported 50 families at its six-week grief support groups. There is no charge to access the charity’s services, which is dependent upon the support of the local community and beyond – particularly through some incredible fundraising challenges.
For more information about Jigsaw (South East) and the charity’s activities, call: 01342 313895, visit: www.jigsawsoutheast.org.uk, or visit the charity’s social media pages, Facebook: JigsawSouthEast, and Twitter: @JigsawSouthEast
Mandy’s Doing A Runner For Jigsaw (South East)
As part of the RH Uncovered team’s commitment to local good causes, our accounts manager Mandy Notridge will be running The British Airways Run Gatwick International Half Marathon on Sunday, May 13 for Jigsaw (South East) which will start and finish in Southgate Park, Crawley. To sponsor Mandy, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mandy-notridge-run-gatwick
Win Up To £25,000 While Supporting Bereaved Children
Jigsaw (South East) is now registered with the Tandridge Together Lottery, which means you can support the charity whilst taking part in a weekly lottery for just £1.00 a week with prizes up to £25,000 every week! Every Tandridge Together Lottery ticket has a one in 50 chance of winning! For more information, visit: www.tandridgelottery.co.uk/support/jigsaw-south-east
Jump For Jigsaw!
The charity is inviting individuals, groups, schools and companies to Jump for Jigsaw next month to raise money for bereaved children and those facing the loss of a loved one because of a serious illness. Whether it be a jumpathon, trampolining, a jumping obstacle course, sack racing, a trampette in the office or at your school, a skydive or simply skipping for the day – you decide how you take part! For more information, or register your Jump for Jigsaw event, email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 01342 313895