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Run for SLOW at the Royal Parks Half Marathon!

Run for SLOW at the Royal Parks Half Marathon!

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 admin@slowgroup.co.uk if you’re up for a place. Please also feel free to share this with friends and family.

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National Lotteries Success – our biggest grant to date

National Lotteries Success – our biggest grant to date

We are delighted to announce that SLOW has been awarded its largest ever grant for three years from the National Lotteries Reaching Communities Fund.

The grant award comes after an 8-month process where SLOW’s grant application went to peer review, two regional panels and a national panel.  Reaching Communities awarded SLOW with the full grant outlined in the application with further funding for supervision and strategic development of the charity.

The National Lottery Community Fund are the largest community funder in the UK.  The fund is passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.  They work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

This grant will ensure that SLOW can continue to support bereaved families in London for years to come and we are thrilled and truly grateful.

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Massive, massive thanks to our Royal Parks team

Massive, massive thanks to our Royal Parks team

On a cold, wet Sunday in October our team of ten runners smashed the Royal Parks half marathon.  Many of them were running novices but there were some amazing times.

Together they have raised an astonishing £13,000 which is beyond our wildest expectations and we are thrilled.

    

Congratulation to our fabulous team – you all did fantastically and we can’t thank you enough!  And thank you to everyone who donated.  It’s really appreciated.

And there’s still time to donate if you haven’t already:

For the Mediabrands team – Jason, Caroline, James, Dan and Piers https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MediabrandsHalfMarathon

For Jenny and Julia – https://localgiving.org/fundraising/half-marathon-for-slow/

For John McCann https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jpmccann

For Paul https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-de-la-nougerede

For John Dickinson https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-dickinson9

Same time, next year team?   And we’d would love you to fundraise for SLOW.  Please do get in touch with any ideas and challenges you may have and we will support you with your fundraising.

 

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SLOW is recruiting facilitators for our North and South London groups

SLOW is recruiting facilitators for our North and South London groups

SLOW is looking to recruit facilitators to move the organisation to its next level.  

We have two positions currently available – a facilitator for a new North London weekly group and a facilitator for the South London groups.  The two positions can be combined if the applicant is willing to travel.  Deadline for applications is Friday 2nd August 2019.  Should you wish to apply please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than two A4 pages describing your interest in, and suitability for, this role to recruitment@slowgroup.co.uk.

For the full job descriptions please see the Work for us section of the SLOW website.

Work for us

 

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Grieving your child on Fathers’ Day – article from What’s Your Grief

Grieving your child on Fathers’ Day – article from What’s Your Grief

Father’s Day is one of the many days that the loss of a child feels even more profound. Although as bereaved parents are keenly aware, a child’s absence is felt every day.

The amazing blog ‘What’s your grief? asked fathers to share their Father’s Day grief and their responses will resonate with bereaved dads at SLOW and beyond.

Here’s the full article and a selection of their responses:

You will always have that open space in your soul, for that’s where you store the memories.

 

You will never truly be done grieving; you will learn to live and cope.

 

There will come a day when you will look back and see the goods before the bads.

 

I am an amputee, a father without a son.  THAT is my new normal.

 

I may look the same as before Kylie died but I’m a different man altogether.

 

The weight of loss never goes away, we just learn to carry it.

And for the non-bereaved, how should you acknowledge Father’s Day?  Our advice from SLOW is if you know a grieving dad, pay them a visit or make that phone call to tell them that you are thinking about them and their child.

Be kind to yourself on Father’s Day and if you need support the SLOW support groups are open to all that have lost a child and parents can come at any time after the death of their child.  For times and dates of forthcoming SLOW support groups link here.

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