My name is Francesca Raymont and I have the privilege of leading our team of therapists at Children and families in Grief. I have been a part of Children and Families in Grief since it launched in the Spring of 2011. Over the years we have worked with many children, young people and their families who have experienced the death of someone special to them. We offer a safe space and the opportunity to look at thoughts and feelings surrounding the loss and we support children, young people and families to work through their grief towards a positive future, this work is an honour to do.
My name is Helen Peacock and I am a fully qualified member of the team. I am really pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with Children and Families in Grief. I feel very strongly about the importance of the work we do and the benefits to the families, helping them through difficult times. I also feel privileged that the families we work with are able to share their stories with us.
My name is Soraya Jilani and I am a fully qualified team member. I enjoy working with our CFG families and find it uplifting and rewarding to see communication open up between family members over our family visits and creative therapeutic weekend, it is a privilege to be part of this process.
My name is Catharine Langran and I am a qualified member of the CFG team. I also work as a school counsellor with children and young people. I really enjoy meeting with the families, for them to have the time and space to reflect and remember their loved ones feels extremely important. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work within this very supportive organization with the all the families and members of the team.
My name is Karen Edmonds. I love being part of the team at CFG as a Volunteer Therapist. It is a real privilege to be allowed into each family’s life and to be able to listen to their story. It is really rewarding to feel that we have played a small part in their healing, or helped the family to support each other through sad and difficult times. The CFG therapists are always supportive of each other as well as the families they work with, and this helps to make us a strong team
My name is Alison Terry-Hawkins. I am a volunteer therapist. I am delighted to be a part of the dedicated and supportive CFG team and feel very privileged to meet and work with all the families. It is an honour to listen to people’s stories and to watch them grow, like a rose, opening from a tightly closed bud, as the petals gradually unfurl, allowing the sunshine back into their lives.
My name is Amelia Nelson and I am a volunteer therapist with CFG. I am in my final year of my studies to be a counsellor and feel very honoured to be part of such a special team, helping families to work through their grief together and giving them precious space to reflect on memories and share their stories.
My name is Melissa Last, I am a volunteer therapist. I feel so privileged to be a part of the team. I enjoying being a part of the supportive role we all offer to our families at CFG. It is an honour to follow and support our families on their journey through such sad times. I love being part of such a supportive, encouraging team and that is most definitely reflected in the work that we do.
Our other volunteer therapist is currently Bev Harman.
Pat Goss – Trustee
Since joining in 2011 I have been closely involved with this charity both as a Trustee and volunteering at events. What a wonderful opportunity this has been for me as I am also involved with Rowcroft Hospice as a Chairman of the Friends and found the two to be closely linked. To see the benefits that the CFG has to offer families when they need most support, has been a great experience and I greatly appreciate the privilege of being a part of this organisation.
Sophia Honey – Trustee & Chairperson
I’m a solicitor with Foot Anstey, specialising in Wills and Probate and advising Charities. I really enjoy being part of the CFG team and helping to make a positive difference to the lives of local bereaved children and their families.
Stephen Bell – Trustee
I’m a solicitor with Wollen Michelmore, specialising in Wills and Probate. I am glad to be able to provide assistance as part of the CFG team. Because of my job I deal with a lot of bereaved families and it is nice to be able to assist with helping families overcome their grief.
I originally contacted CFG in 2011 as I had lost my husband to suicide in 2008 and my mum to cancer in 2011 my son and I were really struggling to cope. GFG really helped us rebuild our lives. When I was asked to be a trustee I jumped at the chance as it was my way of giving something back for all the help that we was
I am a qualified nurse and health visitor who worked in London, Cambridge and Oxford before moving to South Devon some years ago with my family. I have over thirty-five years of experience in the Health Service, firstly at clinical level, both in the acute hospital sector and in primary care before moving to professional leadership roles as Head of Services.
I have been involved with a number of charities and in particular the Hospice movement having been chairman of trustees at Rowcroft Hospice South Devon for a number of years. I am particularly interested in children and their families and am delighted to be involved with Children and Families in Grief as a trustee.