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Smiling Through Sadness

November 1 - November 30

Come together and make Children’s Grief this November the month to remember.


Grief is never time limited though this November we are shining the light on the importance of children’s grief as part of Children’s Grief Awareness Week 16th – 23rd November 2023.


This could be one of the most traumatic experiences a child will ever have to face.  But it doesn’t have to. With your help, the Hospice can make sure bereaved children and young people get the support they need to enable them to move forward, live a healthy lifestyle and learn again to Smile Through Sadness.


We’re calling on all children and younger supporters this November to join with the Hospice and help raise vital funds to support children and young people who have lost a loved one.



Can you give up something you love to support another child or young person who has lost a love one.  Got a sweet tooth or avid gamer?


Can you take on a daily challenge for the 30 days of November; Readathon, walk, skip, jog, scoot a km/mile or set yourself a target of so many sit-ups, push-ups, star jumps a day and smash it!  How about offering to do something to help someone else each day, eg take the dog for a walk, put the hoover round, clean your room – an act of kindness a day to help others whilst raising vital funds?



Challenge Details


Date / Time: Virtual for the month of November.

Reg Fee: Free to sign up.

How to sign up: Click on the I’m In Sign Me Up button and tell us what you’re planning on doing this November and we can cheer you on.  We will also send you your challenge card to help you keep track and show everyone how well you’re doing.

Sponsorship Ask: We’ve tasked our children and young people to raise £38.40 which will help pay towards a childhood Bereavement Support Session and Book.

Sponsorship Incentive: Hospice medal and challenge certificate.  For everyone who raises over £38.40 we will enter you into a prize draw for a Cinema experience for 4.

Join our online fundraising Just Giving Campaign HERE where you can link to or set up your on just giving page.

Join our Event Face Book Page and post your progress, photos and challenge clips.



Whatever you decide to do to support children grieve this November, do it in the knowing that you will make a huge difference in enabling the Hospice to be there for them when someone dear to them dies.







Meet our specialist practitioner experienced in bereavement support; Jill Bowen.


If you would like more information about our bereavement services, please visit our website or call the office on 01495 717277 option 1.




Here are some quotes from children and young people who have been supported by Jill.


Meet our Sponsor


Ludom Storage is a family run self storage facility based in Brynmawr. We provide storage space for household and business customers. We are passionate about our community and support local organisations, charities and groups through volunteering, donations, collections and providing free space. We are proud to sponsor the Hospice of the Valleys ‘Smiling through Sadness’ this November and support their childhood bereavement service. The Hospice of the Valleys is a charity that is close to our hearts and supports so many people in the community we live.






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