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    • celbelle
    • By celbelle 31st Mar 19, 1:08 PM
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    Help for my niece
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    • 31st Mar 19, 1:08 PM
    Help for my niece 31st Mar 19 at 1:08 PM
    Hi All

    I wondered if anyone could give me any names of charities who may be able to help my niece. She sadly lost her Mum to cancer when she was 6 years old and last year her Dad (my brother) also passed away from cancer. She is just about to turn 16. She is obviously struggling with her mental health and is having counselling but Im wondering if there are any charities who may be able to do something nice for her, a special day out or some kind of grant towards singing lessons as she has a beautiful voice. She has no savings and nothing good to look forward too and Id love to cheer her up and show her that life is worth living.

    Thanks in advance.
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    • cattie
    • By cattie 31st Mar 19, 1:24 PM
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    What a lovely caring person you sound & being Mother's Day today I expect your niece feels the loss of her parents more so.

    I don't know of any charities, but wonder if it's worth you contacting somebody like Macmillan, who do so much to help those affected by cancer, to see if they can offer any help or point you in the right direction.

    If no charities can be tracked down then perhaps you'd consider setting up a GoFundMe page for her, where good hearted people can make donations towards something that would bring some cheer into her life.
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 31st Mar 19, 1:47 PM
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 31st Mar 19, 3:08 PM
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    It could be worth contacting MacMillan Nurses for suggestions - they must have come across this sad situation in the past and might be able to direct you towards possible support/help. The key here would be her singing - how about trying to contact that lovely Gareth chap who creates choirs for some help? Or maybe there's a local drama or musical group who would welcome her? Try the local library for information.
    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 31st Mar 19, 3:55 PM
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    You don;t say whereabouts she lives, but if it's the West Midlands these might be worth contacting
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 31st Mar 19, 3:56 PM
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    Googling brought up several options which might be useful - MacMillan and Winston's Wish, but also Child Bereavement UK, Maggie's Centres, Cruse ... what's available locally will vary. And I would encourage you to keep going on this now, while she's under 18, because that may be the cut-off point for some help.

    However, as a one-off treat or on an ongoing basis, I've found Buddy Boxes to be a great resource for encouraging people going through a difficult time.
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    • celbelle
    • By celbelle 1st Apr 19, 8:21 PM
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    Thank you all for taking the time to reply. My niece lives in East Sussex but I live in Wiltshire.
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