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Scottish Gathering - a supportive weekend for bereaved parents, grandparents & siblings

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Scottish Gathering - a supportive weekend for bereaved parents, grandparents & siblings

Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA.
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1 May 2020, 15.00 – 3 May 2020, 14.00

Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling


It is with deep regret that the Organising Committee for this year's TCF Scottish Gathering, which was scheduled for 1st - 3rd May at the Stirling Court Hotel, have reluctantly taken the difficult decision to cancel this year's Gathering due to the current worldwide Covid-19 outbreak.

Last night, the Government recommended that the UK population should, where possible, avoid social contact and that of all non-essential travel and meetings for at least 12 weeks so instead of delaying any decision further, these recommendations have forced our hand and we feel the time is right to cancel now, so as to give you plenty of notice.

What is most important to us, is the containment of this virus and the protection of your health and that of the wider community and would ask you to be patient, at this time, as we process the refunding of your money over the coming weeks.

As this virus is so unpredictable, we feel that postponing the Gathering until later in the year would just be a lottery but please be assured that we already have a date in the diary with the Stirling Court Hotel for 2021, when the Gathering will take place over the weekend of 23rd - 25th April.

Clare Lechner
Chair, Scottish Gathering


Please accept this warm invitation to join us at our supportive Scottish Gathering weekend in 2020, as we make our return, after a few year's absence, to the Stirling Court Hotel.

For some of you, your loss may have happened recently, for others perhaps some time ago, but this weekend gives you the chance to be with others who know only too well the agony and anguish of losing a much loved child, grandchild or sibling.

You will be warmly welcomed in a safe and secure environment where you can speak freely about your loved one and share your precious memories with others who truly care and understand as we have all walked in your shoes.

The venue for the 2020 Gathering, is set beneath the Wallace Monument within the beautiful surroundings of the Stirling University campus offering walks around its loch and excellent transport connections.

For more information regarding the venue go to www.stirlingcourthotel.co.uk

Just a few comments from those who attended the Scottish Gathering in 2019

Being with friends old and new in a secure environment gives me renewed strength to continue my journey.

You feel not so alone meeting with other parents and hearing their stories of how their new lives have developed. Gives me hope.

As comforting and safe, as ever - I'm so glad I came.

Reuniting with friends made over the last 4-5 years and being given such a wonderful welcome, gives a huge sense of belonging.

Reserving a place

To reserve a place could you please book as soon as possible.

After 7th March 2020 we have to give up any untaken rooms, so after this date please contact Maureen McAninch at maureen.mcaninch@blueyonder.co.uk or 01738 631406. Maureen will consult with the hotel management and contact you to advise what rooms are still available to suit your needs.

If you would like to book for a shorter stay at the Gathering or as a non-residential guest, please download and complete the paper booking form below for more information on the options available, the costs and to book.


Once you have booked, further information and a detailed programme will be emailed mid April.


Should you need to cancel your booking please do so no later than the 20th March 2020 and we will refund your payment less a £25 administration charge.

Sorry after 20th March due to the hotel terms and conditions we are unable to offer a refund.

There are also options available to book for Friday, Saturday or Sunday only.

DOGS Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs with the exception of guide dogs.


We look forward to welcoming you in May and would encourage you to book early.

Please note that our weekend retreats are run by bereaved parent volunteers. Our volunteers are not professionals and so what we offer is a uniquely warm, comforting and supportive two days organised and facilitated by parents who have also experienced the loss of a child and have found understanding and hope themselves through The Compassionate Friends.

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