Sunday, December 4, 2022

Reward raises £15,000 for Aching Arms charity in Leeds to support bereaved parents

A year-long fundraising effort by staff at Reward Finance Group in Leeds has raised £15,000 for its local charity partner Aching Arms, which provides support to bereaved parents coping with the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or immediately after.

The money raised by Reward will deliver much-needed funds to the charity which uniquely provides comfort bears to hospitals and hospices, for midwives and nurses to offer to bereaved parents in their care. Each year in the UK around 3,000 babies are stillborn and one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.

Along with the comfort bears, it also provides a vital support service and community to parents after their loss and currently works with over 170 hospitals in the UK, as well as an increasing number of hospices, support groups and funeral directors. Since its launch as a small grassroots charity back in 2010 by Leanne Turner, Aching Arms has seen demand for its service double in the last 12 months.

Speaking about the donation, Mel Barclay, trustee for Aching Arms in Leeds, said: “Our 12 month partnership with Reward has been extremely successful. We are very grateful to all the team for the guidance, support and knowledge they have provided and the many physically challenging fundraising events they have hosted.

“The money raised will support the charity to continue its work in supporting newly bereaved families who experience the loss of their baby before, during or shortly after birth. On behalf of the whole team at Aching Arms, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you.”

From hosting its annual charity quiz at Leeds Arena to completing the Leeds 10k Clarion Corporate Challenge and coming first out of 40 companies, the team at Reward embarked on a range of fundraising initiatives to achieve its ambitious target.

Gemma Wright, Reward’s Managing Director for Yorkshire and the North East, added: “When we heard about Leanne’s heartbreaking personal story and the terrific work Aching Arms does to help parents coping with such tragic loss, we immediately wanted to offer our support.

“It really opened our eyes to the charity’s community and the essential services it provides to grieving parents, with the team here at Reward working tirelessly to reach a fundraising target that exceeded our expectations. We’d like to thank everyone involved who both raised money and donated and wish the charity all the best for the year ahead as demand for its services unfortunately continues to grow.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemichaving a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.




Latest news

Related news

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close