On Wednesday 15th May, St Wilfrids Hospice launched The Seahorse Project. The Children in Need funded project will offer bereavement support for children and young people.

 
Ella Williams, the project lead, spoke about the need for the service and the history of the project. A pilot project ran last year and included the creation of two workbooks for pre and post bereavement. The workbooks help children and young people work through their grief with support.
 
Following the success of the pilot project, an application for funding through Children in Need was made to expand and ensure the continuation of the project
 
As part of the launch event, we were honoured to be able to welcome and enjoy a special reading by children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips.
 
Giles Paley-Phillips is a local children’s author whose work includes The Fearsome Beastie, which won The People’s Book Prize 2012, Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award 2013 and the Bizziebaby Gold Award.
 
Giles’ latest work, One Hundred and Fifty-two Days, written in free verse and semi-autobiographically tells the story of a teenager whose mother is terminally ill.
 
The evening ended with a Q&A with counsellors and Giles around bereavement for children and young people.
 
If you would like to find out more about The Seahorse Project and the resources we have on offer please visit The Seahorse Project page here.