Pride of Swindon Award for charity supporting bereaved children

By Barrie Hudson - 13 May 2022

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  • Members of the Wiltshire Treehouse team at the ceremony

    Members of the Wiltshire Treehouse team at the ceremony

The team at a vital charity say they are honoured to have received one of this year's Pride of Swindon Awards.

  • The award and certificate

    The award and certificate

Wiltshire Treehouse works to relieve the mental, spiritual and physical distress of children and young people dealing with bereavement.

When the award was presented, special mention was made of the ways in which the charity responded to the pandemic to ensure that support continued to be available, even with a 54 percent increase in referrals.

The master of ceremonies, Swindon 105.5's Shirley Ludford, said: "The team of 25 volunteers and four part time paid staff have worked tirelessly to keep up with the requests that they receive from local families. 

"Providing therapeutic support & opportunities, this continued during the issues caused by the covid-19 pandemic, developing online and phone services that enabled them to continue that support during that time.

“The team continues to provide help for some of the most vulnerable children with little regard for the time and emotional energy that they themselves put in. So making life changing differences at very emotional times.”

Wiltshire Treehouse Service Director Kath Brownlee and some of the staff and volunteers attended the ceremony in the Legends Lounge at the County Ground. 

Wiltshire Treehouse volunteer Nuala Szelia received an individual award for her work with the service over the last five years, as well as with her local church and community.

Further information about the charity can be found at www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk

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