Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Once Upon a Smile, provides emotional and practical support to bereaved families.
Without this support, families are often left to grieve alone with no, or little support available and this can often have a devastating impact on family life and children.
Since the lockdown began, Once Upon a Smile has continued to support over 140 families, providing emergency food packages, emotional support and despatching Snuggles & Smiles bears to children who have been recently bereaved. Due to the Coronavirus, families are unable to be with loved ones at their end of life, and some are unable to attend the funeral, the bears provide much needed comfort.
In the last 2 weeks, 21 children have been referred to Once Upon a Smile for bereavement support, the charity anticipates a further increase as schools reopen. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the charities funding, helping these families will be more challenging than ever.
A family supported by Once Upon a Smile told us:
“Over the past three years Once Upon a Smile have been an amazing charity consistently supporting myself and my two children. In the current climate during the coronavirus pandemic and throughout lockdown, Once Upon A Smile have once again been outstanding support and full of kindness for the children and I, offering us help emotionally by checking in by telephone, email and text, displaying real concern about our wellbeing.
Also practically delivering weekly food boxes, which has been a wonderful help and so appreciated in these uncertain, unprecedented times. Even Easter eggs for the children which was a delightful surprise!! It’s so lovely and reassuring not to feel alone. Thank you Once Upon A Smile for always being there whatever the circumstances and genuinely caring about us.”