Many join in for a night of fund-raising for Grief Encounter

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Organiser Jason Fretwell with wife Katie
Organiser Jason Fretwell with wife Katie

Last Saturday the Cathedral saw more than £11,000 raised for Grief Encounter organised by Soham local, Jason Fretwell.

Jason, a catering manager for Clare College in Cambridge decided he wanted to help after his wife, Katie experienced the bereavement at the loss of her mother and the charity was there to help. Furthermore, Grief Encounter Founding Patron, Kevin Wells is a good family friend. Kevin as we all know lost his daughter in 2002.

Not content with organising a sell out event in the areas biggest arena, Jason is now training to run the London Marathon on April 24th also to raise funds for the charity. If you want to sponsor Jason then visit: Virgin Money Giving

We spoke to Jason last night and he said, “I really wanted to help the charity as they help my wife get through the loss of her mother and Kevin is great friend and its so nice he could also attend the evening.

“I really wish I could list everyone who helped but I do need to give a massive thank you to Jezzo’s who worked for the whole day leading up to the start, then all the way through and after until 4am. It just wouldn’t have happened without them. I’d also like to say thank you to Sally Bibby and her team at Rose Barn Venues who supplied so much to make the Lady Chapel look fantastic. Finally a thank you to Sid Bibby who came and restored the grass for us.

“I would love to thank everyone but if I try to list them all on the phone now I may forget someone and I wouldn’t want to do that so a big THANK YOU from me and the charity to you”

Jason did send a copy of the programme for the event and all the sponsors are in there and we have added this below.

About Grief Encounter

Established in 2003 by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

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1 in 29 children in the UK under the age of 16 will suffer the death of a parent.

Rebuilding a new life after the death of a loved one is hard for everyone, but especially for children and young people. Once the shock and trauma of a life changing event such as bereavement has been managed, finding a way to move forward must begin.

Children have an overwhelming sense of confusion, fear and anxiety, alongside their grief, which must be cared for in order for them to continue into adulthood with a sense of confidence and long lasting happiness.

This is where Grief Encounter makes a difference.

We help families address a multitude of challenging issues following the death of a loved one, alleviating the hurt and confusion caused, whilst promoting healing.

For more information on the charity please visit: http://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

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