Bereaved children helped by Sussex Freemasons

Bereaved children helped by Sussex Freemasons

Photo: Standing: Nickey Price – Operations Manager JSE, Carolyn Steer – Business Development Manager JSE

On bench: Hannah Romaine, Christopher Moore – Head of Freemasons in Sussex, Molly Humphreys

Children who have lost a parent or loved one will receive help and support, thanks to a £15,000 grant from Sussex Freemasons to Jigsaw (South East). The funding – paid over three years – will help the charity continue its work supporting the one in 20 bereaved children and young people in the county, who by the age of 16 will have experienced the death of one or both of their parents.

More than 40,000 children across the UK lose a parent each year, which works out at 112 every single day. In West Sussex alone, an estimated 450 children a year have at least one of their parents die. The East Grinstead-based charity, Jigsaw (South East), which operates across Surrey and parts of West Sussex, offers a bereavement support service. Their Grief Project, delivers a six-week support group for families. Their Preparing for Loss Project provides one-to-one support for children and young people when a loved one is terminally ill, at the time of the bereavement and in the days and months following the death.

The grant from Sussex Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

Carolyn Steer, Business Development Manager at Jigsaw (South East) said:

“We’re most grateful to Sussex Freemasons for their generous grant. We’re a small charity and are reliant on fundraising, donations and grants. These ensure we continue to deliver vital services to help children and young people during a devastating and vulnerable period in their lives.”

Christopher Moore, Head of Freemasons in Sussex said:

“An important part of what we do as Sussex Freemasons is supporting our Sussex communities. We’re very pleased to be able to help Jigsaw (South East), who do such an outstanding job supporting some of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community when they need it most. Losing a parent is a deeply traumatic experience for a child and Jigsaw is there to help them cope.”