Supporting families

Supporting bereaved children and teenagers

Thanks to Morrisons, Sue Ryder now has a Family Support Team in Cambridgeshire, based at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

Jennie Lee is the Family Support Coordinator. She works alongside other members of the family support team and the nursing staff to ensure patients and their families receive the support they need, both pre-bereavement and for as long as it’s helpful afterwards.

She said: “Because of the extra funding we have been able to extend our family support service and we’re now working with more people out in the community.

“We’re inviting more children in to our Charlie Chimp Club which supports seven to 13 year-olds who have lost someone close to them. And we’re looking at introducing a very specific group aimed at helping teenagers who have been bereaved. The right support at the right time can make such a big difference to people’s lives.”

At the age of just 11, Jennie had her first experience of bereavement when her older sister died.

“I have been through bereavement myself and I know that often people are missing out on help and support because they don’t feel they can keep sharing their grief with family and friends. I want to see that changed and Morrisons funding means that as a team we’re here to listen and to give people that place to share.”

Thanks to our partnership

“We really appreciate all of the hard work and dedication of everyone at Morrisons, including all their customers. We want to say a huge thank you! I volunteered at a Morrisons collection day and rattled my bucket in the supermarket,” said Jennie. “They’re supporting us and the work that I know is so valuable, so I wanted to get involved with the fundraising too.”

Sue Ryder’s partnership with Morrisons is funding new community healthcare services, family support teams and our Online Community and Support. To donate £3 to the Morrisons Raise a Smile partnership with Sue Ryder, text ‘SMILE’ to 70123. Terms and conditions can be found at