It’s a difficult time out there for small charities like SLOW and today we give thanks to our generous and flexible funders.
When the pandemic hit, our grant and trust partners (new and existing) stepped up and we’ve received over £60,000 in the space of six months.
Our funders recognise the importance of our bereavement support services – a lifeline to many – and the creative ways in which we continue to support bereaved parents even during lockdown.
So big thank yous to:
- The Lotteries – Reaching Communities
- The Coronavirus Community Support Fund (HM Government and the Lotteries)
- The London Community Response Fund
- The John Armitage Charitable Trust
- The CAF Emergency Fund
- Islington Council Community Chest
- Local Initiatives Fund (Islington Council)
- Waitrose Community Matters
We are overwhelmed with gratitude and truly thankful for their support during this difficult time.
Like many small charities, SLOW has been impacted by the cancellation of fundraising events due to Covid-19. In response, we’re joining the 2.6 challenge and hoping that our members and their family and friends can join us in raising funds for SLOW with their inspiring events from this weekend.
The 2.6 challenge has been set up by the London Marathon organisers as the race (also 26ish miles) is not going ahead this Sunday – the 26th April.
We’d love you to fundraise for SLOW by creating a personal challenge based around the figures 2.6 or 26.
So, you could do 26 cartwheels, 26 laps of your garden, a 2.6 mile / km run or walk, 26 minute of yoga or pogo’ing, or just run up and down your street 26 times!
Be creative the challenges are endless! It’s open to anyone of any age, sibs included, and the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government’s guidelines on exercising and social distancing.
You can either set up a fundraising page, or simply make a one-off donation for your challenge via this link.
Thank you so much everyone – your fundraising efforts will be truly appreciated!
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending all our support groups from 16th March 2020 until further notice.
We are very aware of how important the support provided in our groups is for many of you, and we are currently investigating alternative ways to support you.
Please take care, and look after yourselves in the best way possible.
Today we said a huge heartfelt thank you to Nic as she stands back from running the weekly Wednesday group after twelve years.
The fab four, Liz, Maria, Nic and Susie from the Wednesday group
Countless bereaved parents, myself included, are thankful for the time she has devoted to this thriving group, giving us the ‘space to be loved and heard’.
The SLOW Warriors thank you gift for Nic and her daughter Naomi
Don’t worry though she’ll still be working hard for SLOW – mentoring our new facilitator recruits (more about them and our new Monday group soon), running the monthly evening group and SLOWsibs as well as the countless other things she does behind the scenes to help SLOW bereaved parents.
Thank you Nic – we are all truly grateful to you and Susie for setting up SLOW and the support you have given us all over the years.
Fancy a healthy new year’s fitness challenge?
SLOW has places available for the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 11th October 2020. This stunning central London Half Marathon, takes in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
For more information on the Royal Parks Half Marathon click here.
If you want to run and fundraise for SLOW so that we can continue to support bereaved families, registration is completely free. All we ask for is a minimum fundraising target of £400 per runner. There’s loads of time to train so please do get in touch with Kelly at email@example.com if you’re up for a place. Please also feel free to share this with friends and family.