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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.

The need for support in Hampshire is astonishing.  It is estimated that each year, around 400 parents die in the county, leaving around 690 dependent children (aged 0-17). Overall it is estimated that, of the current school-age population of children and young people (aged 5 to 16 years) in Hampshire who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling at some point in their childhood is circa 4370*. (*source: childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk)

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