The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support to spouses, family members, friends or colleagues following the loss of a loved one to cancer. Charity spokesperson Clair tells us how a donation from the Co-operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund in 2017 will keep their unique services running in Oxford for many months: “Our charity has been providing free support groups for people who have lost their loved ones to cancer since early 2011."
"At all our events we aim to let people know that their experiences, as painful as they are, are a normal part of the bereavement process. For example, it’s not unusual to have trouble concentrating or to lose your appetite when you’re grieving. Knowing that’s normal can be a relief. As well as our general support sessions, we also host a termly group specifically for students who are coping with bereavement. This recognises the extra pressures young people will feel while dealing with their loss."
"We’re very lucky to have a great team, who are there to welcome and support attendees, provide refreshments and maintain our library of books on grief and bereavement that people are welcome to borrow. Receiving funding through the Co-operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund makes a huge difference to the support we can provide in Oxford. In fact, the money we’ve received will fund all our local groups for the next year, allowing us to concentrate on providing a great service without constantly worrying about fundraising.”
All Community Directplus account holders can apply for up to £1000 from the Customer Donation Fund to support special projects and fundraising activities. The closing dates for applications are March and September, and they will then be assessed in April and October. We will notify you of the outcome of your application. Apply using the form below.