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How We Started

Simon Stanley was a 37 year old teacher from Southampton when he died from cancer. His wife Sally found there was no bereavement support locally for their two small children. Their experiences have led to the establishment of “Simon Says” as a registered charity.

Our research has shown that the Stanley’s experience is not unique and there is a wider need to provide resources and information to children and parents and to those working with children eg: teachers, health professionals.

4% of school age children suffer a bereavement of a parent or sibling (source: www.winstonswish.org.uk). Using these figures and the population data for Hampshire from the 2011 NHS Hampshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, there are approximately 12,500 under 18 year olds living in Hampshire who have experienced a significant bereavement.

The charity became registered in 2001 and a formal launch took place on March 25th 2002.