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NEW - stunning butterfly design cards for any occasion

The Compassionate Friends has produced some new cards which are for sale for charity funds.

These are high quality cards for any occasion with a stunning butterfly design. Cards are left blank inside for your own greeting.

* Single card and envelope £1.50.
* Pack of 5 cards and envelopes £5.50
* Pack of 10 cards and envelopes £10.00

All prices include postage and packing.

Booking opens for 50th Anniversary Gathering

Booking has now opened for The Compassionate Friends 50th Anniversary Gathering at Horwood Estate in the heart of the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. This special two day event for all bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents will run over the weekend of 1st - 3rd November 2019.

Join us to experience a weekend of supportive workshops, discussion groups, activities and guest speakers. There will also be plenty of relaxation and social time too. There will also be some commemorative elements at the event to mark the founding of The Compassionate Friends 50 years ago this year.

Early bird special offer

Book before 30 June 2019 and your deposit is just £40 per person to secure your place. (After this date this will increase to £60 per person).

Find out more information and book.

Book of Remembrance

Throughout December, we have created a special space on our website to host the 2018 Book of Remembrance where parents, siblings, grandparents and family and friends can post a message and photograph remembering a precious son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandchild

“… So their light may always shine …”

Our Remembrance Book is so lovely but so sad to see all these beautiful faces of beloved children and brothers and sisters. If you haven't yet written a message and/or uploaded a photo you can do so until 31st December 2018 at the link below. Or click on the picture of the book.

2018 Book of Remembrance

Sending love to all of you and remembering your precious sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and grandchildren.❤️

If you wish, please do share the link with friends and family so that they can remember too.

Thoughts from the Chair of TCF as we approach Christmas

" ...Find some space for you. Allow yourself to lean into the grief, the missing and the longing for your child. Honour them and keep them close. We don't need to pretend. Who are we pretending for? The memories of Christmas past may sustain you in Christmas present. Let them come crashing in and allow yourself a smile remembering those happy times. We need them".

Maria Ahern, bereaved mum of James and our Chair of Trustees, shares her thoughts as we move towards "the most wonderful time of the year" - the Christmas and winter festivities.

Read Maria's letter here.

Fundraising concert a huge success

What a fabulous concert at the Cadogan Hall last Sunday to raise funds for The Compassionate Friends.

Thank you to the wonderful European Doctors Orchestra, the brilliant solo violinist, Jack Liebeck, the fabulous audience at a full house Cadogan Hall, all the organisers and volunteers who helped before, during and after the concert, our current Chair of Trustees, Maria Ahern, for her inspiring words at the start and everyone who contributed to the amazing success of this uplifting afternoon. An especial mention and enormous thanks to our Trustee and former Chair, Margaret Brearley, who worked tirelessly to make the idea of this wonderful afternoon a fabulous reality.

We don't have the final tally for funds raised yet but early sources suggest it could be over £18,000 for the The Compassionate Friends - which will go directly to benefit bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. We are so immensely grateful.

Thank you hugely everyone for your support.

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