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What we need and why
Daisy’s Dream has to raise necessary funds to maintain and develop the support service that is available free of charge to families. This costs over £300,000 each year.
We need enthusiastic support and involvement from people in our community who are willing to volunteer and become part of the Daisy’s Dream story. Even if you can only spare an hour or two now and again we value your help.
Make a difference to the life of a bereaved child or a child facing an uncertain future through the anticipated death of a parent and help us to help them.
I was 7 when my Dad died. He went to work and didn’t come back.
I remember the day clearly, it was sunny and we’d been to friends for tea with my 3 brothers. It was the last day of school the next day, my Granny was at our house when we got up, I remember thinking it was a bit odd ...
An idea of some of the costs...
£1,200 - family day event.
£650 - summer fun day.
£3,000 - telephone support for a year.
£800 - teenage support day.
£1,000 - Christmas event.
£450 - parents support sessions.
£1,200 - Children's day
£85 - balloons released in memory of the person that has died.
£100 - An initial visit to a family to offer support and advice.
£18 - memory box for each child.
£750 - the cost of supporting a family for a year.
There are lots of ways to get ‘involved’ and raise money – one of the most important things to remember is that it should be fun!
You can organise your own event from a dinner party (www.dinner4good.com) to a ball, sporting activity or challenge event, you can take part in one of our fundraising events or take a look at our ideas sheet for some inspiration. Fundraising Ideas pdf.
You can fundraise by yourself or in a team, as a company or as a group, the secret is to remember to enjoy it, be involved and know that every £1 makes a difference to a local child and family in your area.
Please use our sponsor form if you would like to collect money offline through sponsorship. Sponsor Form pdf
Do you get statutory funding?
(Money from the Government)
Is the service free to children and families?
Yes, it’s available to everyone without a charge.
How do you make a referral?
We get referrals usually by phone and sometimes through the website. Often it can be a family member or friend that will make an initial enquiry. Teachers often refer a family they are concerned about and Social Workers, GP’s and Police Liaison Officers also make referrals.
What happens next?
When a child or young person is referred to us we contact the adult that is looking after them to discuss the most appropriate support. If after an initial assessment we agree that direct intensive support is most appropriate the child can either be seen at home or school. The support is flexible and we will work with the child to ensure that they receive support in the way that they need it.
Do you help children that may lose someone through illness?
Yes. When a person is suffering from a serious illness they may have an uncertain future. If the person in this position feels that their child may need some support they can contact us for advice and support.
Are there similar organisations elsewhere in the country?
Yes. There are a number of organisations providing bereavement support for children and young people in other counties such as, Gloucestershire, Worcester, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, East London and the Plymouth area. These organisations all work in different ways towards the common goal of supporting bereaved children. In some areas support is offered through hospices.
What area do you cover?
The charity works primarily in Berkshire and the immediate surrounding area providing direct one-to-one service for children. The website offers support both nationally and internationally with information that can be downloaded and accessed online. The telephone support service is also available on a national level with no geographical restriction.
How many volunteers support Daisy’s Dream?
A team of around 40 volunteers are involved with the charity. Volunteers are vital to the organisation as they provide support to raise valuable funds. A small number of volunteers with professional backgrounds work directly with the children and families, they support staff in delivering bespoke events.
Why is it called Daisy’s Dream?
When the organisation was born in 1996 it was important to find a name that people would remember and that would be child friendly. The family that were involved with setting up the charity had a dog, whose name was Daisy. Today the charities mascot theme continues with Daisy the Dog.