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Support group for sibling loss to cancer

12 December 2017, 19.30 – 21.00
sofa.com, London

21st Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting

10 December 2017, 19.00
All over the UK and worldwide

Candle Lighting Evening - Swindon

10 December 2017, 19.00
The Council Offices, Swindon

Candle Lighting Remembrance - Bridport, Dorset

10 December 2017, 18.45
Salt House, Bridport

Candle Lighting - Hythe, Kent

10 December 2017, 18.45
Look Out and Remember Site, Folkestone (Sandgate end)

Candle Lighting Service - Watford

10 December 2017, 18.00
St Michael @ All Angels Church, Watford

To light a candle for all our children who have died

Candle Lighting - South East London

10 December 2017, 18.00
Jessica's Heart, London

Part of the TCF Worldwide Candlighting

Candle Lighting Service - Bolton

10 December 2017, 14.30
Bolton Parish Church, Bolton

Candle Lighting Service - Hull

10 December 2017, 14.00
Hull Minster, Kingston upon Hull

Remembrance Service for anyone who has lost a child

5 December 2017, 19.30
Holy Trinity Church, Carnforth, Lancashire

Opal Heart: Living with the loss of a child

2 December 2017, 13.00

Saying Goodbye Service - London

26 November 2017, 15.30
Westminster Central Hall, London

Annual General Meeting of The Compassionate Friends

25 November 2017, 14.15 – 17.00
Friends Meeting House, London

Saying Goodbye Service - Cambridgeshire

19 November 2017, 18.30
Ely Cathedral, Ely

Annual Candlelight Remembrance

19 November 2017, 15.00
Salvation Army Chapel, Rochester

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

19 November 2017
Various venues around the UK

Living with Loss Supportive Retreat

17 November 2017 – 19 November 2017
The Briery Retreat Centre in Yorkshire, Ilkley

National Gathering 2017 - A supportive weekend for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents- FULLY BOOKED

10 November 2017, 16.00 – 12 November 2017, 14.00
Sedgebrook Hall Hotel, Northampton

Together in comfort, understanding and hope

Living with Loss Supportive Retreat

30 October 2017 – 4 November 2017
Lee Abbey Devon, Lee Abbey, Lynton

The Great South Run

22 October 2017

Charity places available to run for The Compassionate Friends

Memorial Service

15 October 2017, 15.30
Christchurch, Brentwood, Essex

For families who have experienced the loss of a child, baby, stillbirth or miscarriage

DrugFAM Annual Bereaved by Addiction Conference

14 October 2017, 09.15
The Holiday Inn, High Wycombe

‘Bringing our bereavement out of the shadows – positive change for the stigma of addiction’

Singer-songwriter Parry Ray live at Chelsea Jazz Club

27 September 2017, 20.30
The Pheasantry Jazz Club, London

Fundraising event for The Compassionate Friends

Living with Loss Supportive Retreat

18 September 2017 – 22 September 2017
Greenhouse Christian Centre, Poole, Dorset

Remembering Together

16 September 2017, 15.00
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

A service for all have lost babies and children, sons and daughters

Vintage Afternoon

16 September 2017, 14.00
Pantasaph Priory, Holywell

A Service of Reflection for People Affected by Suicide

10 September 2017, 14.00
Truro Cathedral, Truro

The Great North Run

10 September 2017

Sponsor our four runners now!

SOBS Bolton Retreat Weekend

8 September 2017 – 10 September 2017

Service to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

2 September 2017, 14.00
Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

For people of all faiths and none

Bereavement Support Day - Hampshire

2 September 2017, 10.00 – 16.00
Wisdom Centre, Romsey

for bereaved parents

Summer weekend for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents FULLY BOOKED

18 August 2017 – 20 August 2017
Willersley Castle Hotel, Cromford

A supportive, summer weekend on the edge of the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District

Ceremony of Remembrance

12 August 2017, 14.30
RoadPeace Wood, Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent

For victims of road crash

Free Alcohol and Drug Bereavement Workshop

24 July 2017, 10.00 – 16.00
Circomedia, Bristol

Childless Parents' Supportive Weekend - FULLY BOOKED

21 July 2017, 16.00 – 23 July 2017, 14.00
Charney Manor, Wantage

A weekend for parents with no surviving children

Road Deaths Abroad Support Meeting

20 July 2017, 18.30
Friends Meeting House, London

Bi-annual meeting

Informal afternoon tea party for all bereaved parents

16 July 2017, 13.00
Private house and garden in Emsworth

Information and Training Day for Facilitating TCF Support Groups

8 July 2017, 10.30 – 16.00
Venue to be confirmed, London

Fund Raising Coffee Morning

8 July 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Church House, Barton Seagrave

Weekend retreat for parents bereaved by suicide, addiction or substance use

23 June 2017 – 25 June 2017
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham

Ladies Fashion Show

14 June 2017, 18.30
Churchfields Academy, Swindon

Raising funds for The Compassionate Friends

Support group for loss of a child to cancer

13 June 2017, 19.30 – 21.00
sofa.com, London

Joe's Walk and BBQ Supper

11 June 2017, 14.00
St Katherine's Charity House, Henley-on-Thames

A fundraising and supportive event

Louise Hill is running the Liverpool Rock & Roll Marathon

28 May 2017

Fran's Women Can Marathon

28 May 2017
Tipton St John

The first women only marathon in the UK

Scottish Gathering for Bereaved Parents, Siblings and Grandparents

12 May 2017 – 14 May 2017
Royal George Hotel, Perth

From Darkness into Light

Memorial Service for the Loss of a Child or the Prospect of a Child

7 May 2017, 15.00
The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

7 May 2017, 15.00
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

Bring and Share for Childless Parents

7 May 2017, 13.00
The Friends Meeting House, Rochester, Kent

An informal social event for parents whose only child or all their children have died

Care for the Family Bereaved Parent Support Weekend

5 May 2017 – 7 May 2017
Alveston House, Bristol

Charity Fun Day

29 April 2017, 11.00 – 16.30
Bedford Athletic Rugby Ground, Bedford

Help raise some money for TCF and remember Jonny

SOBS Kent Retreat Weekend

7 April 2017 – 9 April 2017
Little Silver Country Hotel, Tenterden

DrugFAM Bereavement Support Group

2 April 2017, 13.30 – 17.00
DrugFAM Head Office at Oakley Hall, High Wycombe

Joy is abseiling down Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower!

2 April 2017
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

A fundraising event to support The Compassionate Friends

A Service of Remembering and Sharing

25 March 2017, 14.30
St Mary's Wilshaw, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Talk by one of the original 'Calendar Girls'

18 March 2017, 14.00
St. John's Church, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mass for Bereaved Parents at Westminster Cathedral

11 March 2017, 14.30
Westminster Cathedral, London

Supportive Weekend for Adult Bereaved Siblings - FULLY BOOKED

11 March 2017 – 12 March 2017
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham

A one-day overnight Retreat especially for bereaved brothers and sisters in their 20s, 30s & 40s.

National Conference in Pregnancy and Infant Loss London 2017

10 March 2017, 09.00 – 17.00
Holiday Inn, London

Ensuring all professional services collaborate to ensure high levels of bereavement care

Time To Talk

4 March 2017, 10.30
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

A service of reflection for people affected by suicide

BEAD (Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs) Peer Support Group

21 February 2017 – 11 April 2017
Central London venue, London

A Remembering Service

19 February 2017, 17.00
St John the Baptist Church, Edinburgh

Information and Training Day for Facilitating TCF Support Groups

18 February 2017, 10.30 – 16.00
St Thomas Centre, Manchester

Act of Remembrance

5 February 2017, 15.00
Whittington Hospital, London

For parents, families and carers of all faiths or none

TCF Helpline Volunteers Training and Information Day

4 February 2017
Jessica's Heart, London

A training and information day for all Helpline volunteers.

An Evening of Bridge

29 January 2017, 19.00
Hendon Reform Synagogue, Greater London

Celebrating A Life

28 January 2017, 14.00
St John's Church, Newcastle upon Tyne

Retreat Weekend for Parents in Early Bereavement

13 January 2017, 16.00 – 15 January 2017, 14.00
Willersley Castle Hotel, Derbyshire

For recently bereaved parents - approximately under 3 years or less

Worldwide Candle Lighting

11 December 2016, 19.00
All over the UK and worldwide

A Celebration of Life for Friends and Families

3 December 2016, 16.00
Saint James’ Priory, Bristol

To mark the lives of those lost to drugs & alcohol

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) informal drop-in session

28 November 2016, 18.30 – 20.00
Business Suite, London

Saying Goodbye Service

27 November 2016, 15.30
Methodist Central Hall, London

Give Sorrow Words - Memorial Ceremony

26 November 2016, 17.45

A non-denominational memorial ceremony for anyone who has experienced losses associated with infertility or unwanted childlessness

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

20 November 2016
Various venues around the UK

Saying Goodbye Service

13 November 2016, 18.30
Ely Cathedral, Ely

Bereaved Parent Support Day

12 November 2016, 10.00 – 17.00
Davidson's Mains Parish Church, Edinburgh

TCF Annual General Meeting

5 November 2016, 14.00 – 17.00
Friends Meeting House, London

With guest speaker, poet, author, and broadcaster, Michael Rosen.

Volunteers Meeting at TCF Annual General Meeting

5 November 2016, 10.30 – 17.00
The Friends Meeting House, London

Bereavement Care Conference

2 November 2016
Mosaic Reform Synagogue, Harrow

Early Mourning: How to support those who experience grief and loss before and after death

The Great South Run 2016

23 October 2016
Southsea and Portsmouth, Southsea

Jamie Cole is running 10k through Southsea and Portsmouth in memory of James Attwood

'Forget Me Not' Remembrance Service

9 October 2016, 15.00
St Mary's Church, West Horsley

A service of remembrance for anyone who has lost a baby or child.

2016 Royal Parks Half Marathon

9 October 2016
Hyde Park, London

16,000 runners take part in this 13.1 route through Central London

National Gathering 2016 - Continuing Love, Regaining Hope

7 October 2016 – 9 October 2016
Sedgebrook Hall Hotel, Northampton

A weekend with others who understand – for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.

Bereaved by Addiction Conference

1 October 2016, 09.15 – 16.45
Holiday Inn Handy Cross, High Wycombe

DrugFAM's annual one-day event

Suicide Bereavement: Working Together to Make a Difference

28 September 2016, 09.30 – 16.30
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Manchester’s 5th National Annual Conference

Remembering Together

17 September 2016, 15.00
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury Saint Edmunds

A service for all those who have lost babies and children, sons and daughters, whatever their age, whatever the cause.

The Laura Centre Conference

15 September 2016 – 16 September 2016
Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, Leicester

Understanding Multicultural Grief in a Changing World

Service of Reflection for People Bereaved by Suicide

11 September 2016, 14.00
Truro Cathedral, Truro

Supportive weekend for bereaved parents and siblings at Willersley Castle

19 August 2016 – 21 August 2016
Willersley Castle Hotel, Matlock

Last few places available.

Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100

31 July 2016
From Queen Elizabeth Olympia Park, London

A challenging day in the saddle pedalling through the roads of London and Surrey to raise funds for TCF.

Sixth International Gathering, 2016

28 July 2016 – 31 July 2016
Hotel Intercontinental, Frankfurt

Information and Training Day for Facilitating TCF Support Groups

16 July 2016, 10.30 – 16.00
Horfield Quaker Meeting House, Bristol

Three-day retreat for parents bereaved by suicide, addiction or substance use

11 July 2016 – 13 July 2016
Woodbrooke, Birmingham

An opportunity to come and meet with others who understand the pain of the loss of a beloved son or daughter, and to immerse yourself in the comfort and warmth of a dedicated team of bereaved parent supporters.

Vitality British London 10K

10 July 2016

Fundraising Coffee Morning

9 July 2016, 10.00 – 12.00
Church House, Kettering

Fundraising coffee morning for TCF

Information and Training Day for New Volunteers

2 July 2016, 10.15 – 16.00
Jessica’s Heart, London

Seminar: Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people

30 June 2016
Slater and Gordon, Manchester

An essential event for anyone caring for children and young people who have been suddenly bereaved.

Joe's walk and barbecue supper

26 June 2016, 14.00
St Katharine's Charity House, Frieth

Great Scottish Walk and Run Festival 2016

26 June 2016
Holyrood Park Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Fundraising in memory of Calum Kellie

Edinburgh marathon

29 May 2016

Fundraising cycling team

21 May 2016 – 28 May 2016

Musical fundraising events in memory of Oscar Jefferies

2 January 2016
West Sussex

TCF receives no government funds – we rely totally on fundraising and our membership to be able to continue to offer our services, support, friendship and hope to bereaved families. Warm and heartfelt thanks to all the individuals and teams who have undertaken an event for us. We truly couldn’t do without you and our charity is immensely grateful to you all.

Some of the wonderful past fundraising events are listed below.

Completed events from earlier in 2016

10 January: Annikki Laitinen ran the Richmond Park 10k in memory of her brother, Nikko.

13 March: Adelle Brenner ran the Bath Half Marathon in memory of her daughter, Celia and raised £900.

24 April: Marcus Hunt ran his first London Marathon in memory of his brother, Adam.

It’s not too late to support him so please donate here.

Completed events 2015

22 March: Annmarie Loughlin ran the Richmond Half Marathon for her friends Anekke, Nick and Landen, in memory of Freya.

10 May: Roseanne Kay ran the Great North 10k Run in memory of her son, Callum.

15 May: The Gemma Stewart Charity Ball, held in memory of Gemma Stewart raised money for the Intensive Care Unit at Frenchay Hospital and The Compassionate Friends.

June: John Ashton’s rode the Liverpool to Bristol canal path cycle ride, an epic journey of 278 miles over 5 days.

28 June: Sue Hughes organised Joe’s Walk and BBQ Supper in memory of her son, Joe.

11 July: TCF Kettering Support Group Annual Coffee Morning.

19 July: Jackie Gavin took part in Ironman UK.

12 July: Team Florence Moore – Alison (Florence’s mother), Bob (Florence’s grandfather) and friends, Barbara, Louise, Nicola and Sally ran The British London 10k.

4 October: The Doctors’ Orchestra, conducted by Dr Stephen Brearley, fundraising concert at the Cadogan Hall, London raised over £16,000 for TCF and brought many bereaved parents together on this special day. (Picture)

29 October: Vivienne Watt and Bromley TCF Group held their annual coffee morning.

Completed events 2014

11 April: Dolce Community Choir concert in Portstewart, Northern Ireland in memory of Lauren Minford.

13 April: Kalee Datlin ran the Virgin London Marathon in 5 hours 38 minutes.

May and June: Kiefer Frary’s mother and sister organised a Friends and Family 12 mile walk from Kiefer’s memorial bench in Wales and a disco in his memory.

14 June: Jackie Gavin tackled the Three Peaks Challenge in memory of Mollie, Luie and Lucy.

29 June: Sue Hughes organised Joe’s Walk and Supper in memory of her son, Joe.

14 July: Jo, Hiti, Alison, Bob, Carolyn and Sarah took part in the British London 10k in memory of all their children and to raise funds for TCF.

5 October: Rainford 10k Memorial Run in NW England organised by Susan Faulkner in memory of her son George.

30 October: Vivienne Watt and Bromley TCF Group held a coffee morning to raise funds for and awareness of TCF.

Completed events 2013

2 March: Michael Harvey took part in The Major Series (six miles run of mud, hills and obstacles) in support of his in-laws who were helped by TCF.

9 June: Sue Hughes organised Joe’s Walk and Supper in memory of her son, Joe.

11 June: Sponsored Skydive by Matthew Dacombe

13 July: Kettering and Area TCF Group annual Fund Raising Coffee Morning, organised by Carol and Adrian Keach.

16 August: Norwich TCF Group Coffee Morning organised by Sue Wellings.

15 September: Fiona Lyle ran in the Great North Run in memory of Elizabeth.

15 September: Richard Taylor-Hirst ran in the Great North Run for his sister Helene, after the death of Charlotte, aged 14.

31 October: Bromley TCF group leader, Vivienne Watt, held a coffee morning.

25 November: Danny Burns’ 10th Anniversary Dinner, organised by Paul Williams and Danny’s friends and family

Throughout 2013: Two open days at the home of Pat and Jerry Morris, Nottinghamshire TCF Support Group facilitators, a summer sale held by a friend of Pat and Jerry Morris and a raffle held at the group’s Christmas Candle-Lighting meeting.

Throughout 2013: Marianne Chambers, local Lincolnshire TCF contact and her family organised a sponsored bike ride, a three mile dog walk and a three hour Martial Arts session in memory of their son, brother and friend Matthew.

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