Snowdrop gathering for bereaved families

A women standing next to a tree

Michelle Bolland

Bereaved families who have lost a child are invited to a special event at Lytham Hall.

The 15th annual Snowdrop Gathering will have specially chosen music and poems followed by a candle ceremony to help parents, carers and siblings feel less alone with their grief.

Organiser, Michelle Boland, Paediatric Bereavement Support Nurse Specialist for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Gathering has meant such a lot to people who have attended previous events. For those families who do not have a place to go to remember their child it is of particular significance.”

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 27 at Lytham Hall. The afternoon starts at 2pm and the gates to the hall will open at 1.30pm.

Michelle, said parents would be taking part in the poem recitals and local entertainer Chloeann Foster will perform a number of songs including Amazing Grace and Memories

Following the service and candle lighting, those who attend will be given a balloon with a butterfly shaped message tag which they can fill out. Families can then wander around the grounds of Lytham Hall and make their own quiet reflections before returning for refreshments.

The event, which is supported by Donna’s Dream House and Lytham Hall volunteers, is non-denominational and open to anyone who has lost a child from the age of one month to 18 years.

Anyone wanting more information about the event or the Snowdrop Centre is asked to call Michelle Boland on 0792 0138112.



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