Why I back Simon Says
I have been delighted to have been involved with Simon Says since meeting Sally Stanley in 2001.
When I met Sally her story of seeking bereavement support for her two children brought back painful memories of the loss of my own mother to breast cancer when I was 5 years old and my sister was 2.
We often talk about whether things might have been better for us if we had been offered counselling or even someone to talk to during those difficult times. It was the 1960s and, in those days, it was believed to be better for children not to know anything, in a way to protect us, and I don’t blame anyone for that.
So when I discovered that very little had changed since I was a child, I was amazed and had no hesitation in getting involved. Simon Says is there to help children and their families through bereavement. It is a difficult time for all but especially for children who may not understand what is going on. When you consider the trauma they’re going through and the emotions from anger to disbelief and despair, it is staggering that there isn’t something formally in place for them. So Simon Says is filling that much needed gap. I can’t think of a better charity to be involved with and one which is needed so badly.
I am proud to be the patron and hope that maybe Simon Says can ease some of these childrens’ pain. I certainly wish it had been there for me when I was a child.