Team gets muddy to raise funds for bereaved children

A team of 31 University staff, led by the College of Human and Health Sciences, have endured the rigours of a 10K Mud Run, to raise money for support sessions for bereaved children and young people, which are being run at the University.

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Picture:  Before.  Some of the team, well-scrubbed and clean, in their Griffin Mill team T-shirts

It is estimated that at least 21,000 young people and children in Wales under the age of 18 have experienced the death of a parent or sibling and at least 37,000 may have been bereaved of a close friend or another close family member.

The College of Human and Health Sciences in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care, has begun to offer support sessions specifically to children and young people in the Swansea area.  It is part of the work of the new Health and Wellbeing Academy.

Groups of up to 8 children meet one evening a week for 6 weeks, and have a chance to take part in facilitated group activities designed to encourage sharing of grief experiences.

To support this work, a team of around 30 completed the iNVNCBL 10k Mud Run in Margam Park, Port Talbot, on the 4th March. All money raised will be spent on play and craft materials to be used during the sessions, and to pay for a fun away day at the end of the programme.

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Picture:  After:  some of the team, muddy but triumphant!

Nicola Parry, marketing officer at the College of Human and Health Sciences, said:

"When I initially suggested doing a mud run I was surprised that 31 people stepped forward to take part.

The team is made up of people of all different abilities and was a real challenge for many of us.

Although there were some nerves, we were all really excited to be taking part in a challenge that will help raise funds and awareness for such an amazing cause!"

A big thank you to Griffin Mill for supporting the team.

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 Picture:  members of the group for bereaved children and young people, at the end of their support sessions, which were run by the Academy and Cruse, the bereavement charity.