Eastbourne charity calls for help for bereaved families

Twinkling Stars, an Eastbourne based bereavement charity SUS-150928-172220001
Twinkling Stars, an Eastbourne based bereavement charity SUS-150928-172220001

A fundraising group in Eastbourne is attempting to help families who have lost young children by raising money for permanent memorials.

The group, Twinkling Stars, helps families to buy headstones and other memorials after losing children at a very young age.

Based in Eastbourne, the group was set-up after a founder lost a child of their own and discovered there was no help available when purchasing a headstone or other memorials.

A spokesperson for the group, Barbara Tingley said, “We are proud to say that we have already purchased headstones for six families but sadly there are many more out there needing our help. The loss of a child could affect anyone of us, either directly or through someone we know.”

The group regularly holds fundraising events such as tombolas, fancy dress parties and bag packing at local shops.

Chris Orr who was helped by the group last year said, “You know grieving for a lost baby child never stops but there are certain things that just make it that little more comforting.

“October 11 2008, my birthday, was the happiest day of my life and I received the best present my son Finley, six days later sadly he lost his fight to stay on this earth.”

Chris contacted Twinkling Stars in 2014 and with their help was able to buy a memorial for his son..

Chris said, “I wont lie dealing with Finley not being here hurts every day of my life, but he has a garden to be proud of and going up there is now a comfort to us all.

“Please donate. It doesn’t matter how small or big, it will help families like myself to have a bit of comfort.”

Their latest effort hopes to raise £2,500, which will allow the group to provide memorials to two families.

The group is also looking for a sponsor to help with the cost of fundraising events.

To help with the latest fund-raising effort click here

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