Tonbridge Rotary reaches out to help Slide Away charity’s bereaved children

GOOD LISTENERS: Linda Cann (left), Trustee of Slide Away, with Sonia Williams, President of Tonbridge Rotary Club

Tonbridge Rotary reaches out to help Slide Away charity’s bereaved children

by Andy Tong | 18th April 2019

THE Rotary Club of Tonbridge held one of its twice-yearly fundraising Frugal Lunches at the Oast Theatre to help finance international projects and enable the club to donate to disaster appeals.

Their guest was Linda Cann, a Trustee of Slide Away, which is a small Kent charity that provides support and help for children and young people who have suffered bereavement or are experiencing living with the terminal illness of a close family member.

In conjunction with schools, Slide Away offers group sessions to bring together youngsters who may believe they are the only ones having to deal with such deep-seated emotions.

Slide Away staff come from teaching or counselling backgrounds and are experienced in understanding how bereavement has an impact on children, and in helping them manage their grief.

Rotary Club President Sonia Williams presented a cheque for £1,000 to Linda Cann and said: “In my working life I shared the sadness of a number of children who were having difficulty coming to terms with loss, so I am very happy we can contribute to this charity and its work.”

Linda Cann said: “I was delighted to receive the cheque from the Tonbridge Rotary Club, which will contribute towards the cost of providing a group workshop for local young people.

“Over the last two years, the club has shown much interest in the work of Slide Away and has given generous support.”

She added: “Listening and talking are at the heart of our work with young people, hopefully enabling them to move forward following bereavement.

“The Tonbridge Rotarians have been great listeners and very supportive.

“We have a lot in common as organisations, and the Trustees of Slide Away truly appreciate their involvement with this very special local charity.”

For more information, visit slideaway.org

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