The new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Helen Kane attended her first event as Chairman via Zoom.
Councillor Kane joined other local health and social care professionals at the ‘virtual’ launch of the St Clare Hospice Bereavement Support Helpline.
Help those struggling with loss and grief
Chairman Helen Kane said:
Bereavement and loss are never easy but in the current climate people are finding it even harder.
This service will help those struggling with loss and grief particularly when they are isolated from their loved ones and their usual support networks. St Clare Hospice offers a wonderful resource for those who need to know that someone cares.
St Clare Hospice Bereavement Support Helpline
The Chairman was so impressed by the service that she is hosting a Bubble Picnic next month with proceeds going to St Clare Hospice.
The service has been launched with £46,000 funding from the National Lottery’s Community Fund, in response to a need for immediate emotional support, information and guidance as the number of local people experiencing bereavement has sadly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A team of hospice staff and volunteers, trained to deliver immediate emotional support and practical guidance to those needing extra support after the loss of someone close, is running the Bereavement Support Helpline.
The helpline operates between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and is open to all local people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire who feel they would benefit from extra support in relation to a bereavement – no matter how long ago their loss was.
Find out more by calling 01279 967670 or read St Clare Hospice news: New Bereavement Support Helpline launches.
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