A year after raising over £3,000 for the Devon-based charity Hannah’s, our energetic team will be getting on their bikes once again to clock up a hundred miles for the children’s charity Balloons. Balloons provide vital support to local children who are facing or dealing with the death of someone they love.
On Saturday September 10th, twenty-one LHC staff, including Directors Graham Devine, Mark Daley, Rob Bramhall and Paul Osborne, will set out from Ilfracombe.
Cycling 100 miles and climbing 4,152 feet of hills, the ‘Coast to Coast’ ride will end at LHC’s studios in Royal William Yard, Plymouth on Sunday the 11th. Money raised will be used to help support the services Balloons provides to children, young people and families in Exeter and the East and Mid-Devon areas.
LHC Director Paul Osborne said:
“We are very proud to be taking part in another charity cycle ride. This year, we give our support to local charity Balloons, who provide immeasurable support to young people going through the loss of a loved one. We have decided to push ourselves even further with a two-day ride, in the hope that we can raise as much money as possible to help the Balloons team and the children and young people they support through often the most difficult time of their lives.
“Our team are not regular cyclists, so 100 miles is likely to be a significant challenge! However we believe strongly in the work that Balloons do and our team is busy preparing for September to ensure support for Balloons and their vital work.”.
Balloons, or ‘Bereavement and Loss Looking Onwards’, provides pre and post bereavement counselling to children, young people and their families. The charity aims to ensure that no child or young person is denied support to work through their grief, offering a wide range of practical, emotional and social support and guidance to young people and those supporting them.
If you or your company would like to sponsor the LHC team, please visit LHC’s Just Giving page here
or follow the team on Twitter @LHCArchitecture
There is nothing which impacts upon a child’s or young person’s life quite like the death of a loved one. Sadly, children don’t always receive the support they need because a myth exists that either children will get over it or they are too young; sometime adults feel they need to protect children; often adults feel helpless and don’t know what to say or perhaps they are caught up in their own grief.
Balloons train and provide volunteer Grief Support Workers who offer face-to-face, phone and email support for children and young people (3-25) before an expected death of someone significant in their lives, or following a recent bereavement.
What your gift could be helping to fund:
£5 pays for a Memory Box to fill with treasured memories of the person the child has lost.
£10 pays for art materials to support a child to work creatively and to process their grief.
£50 covers the cost of travel for a volunteer Grief Support Worker for one month.
£100 covers the cost of training a new Grief Support Worker.
£1000 covers the cost of the Christmas children’s party and Easter activity day.
£2000 covers the cost of home visits for a year to families where a Mum or Dad is terminally ill.
Balloons make a little go a very long way.