‘We lost my daughter’s daddy - but pain is inspiring us to help others’

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The pain of losing a parent and a husband is inspiring a group of mums to plunge from the skies.

A quartet of mothers will be sky-diving later this month in aid of Hillingdon-based bereavement charity Halo.

The charity, which holds meetings at Hayes Business Studios, Damson Drive, Hayes, aims to open a bereavement play centre - a place families can visit to get the support they need when someone sadly dies.

The four mums from the Hillingdon area, all pictured below,  raising cash for the organisation are: Stacey McGarrity, Michelle Dolan, Nadine Moore and Amanda Moore.

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Michelle Dolan said: “Why am I doing a skydive? Because HALO has helped me and my daughter in many ways with dealing with the loss of her daddy - with bereavement counselling workshops to personalised memories boxes, day trips to building new friendships for us both at our monthly Saturday meetings.”

She said: “HALO has become our second family, a family whom my daughter is able to express her feelings with and also be supported along her journey. It’s a place children and their families can come to with so many services available and to feel they are not alone whilst going through such loss.”

Nadine Moore said: “HALO family, I do this in honour of all of our children who have experienced grief through the loss of a loved one who has passed."

Amanda Moore said: “Wanting to give something back as HALO have helped me and my family immensely.”

The skydive was meant to be Saturday 7 April but was postponed due to the weather and is now going to be Sunday 29 April.

The Founder of the charity Alia Jones believes that “no one should grieve alone” and HALO can be a place that offers a therapeutic way of dealing with grief and loss, or just knowing there is someone there can make a difference.

The charity states: “Knowing that we can't change what’s happened but offer support, we hope to offer families a way of holding onto memories of loved ones and creating new ones together.”

HALO has been running a support group since November 2013 and been a registered charity for nearly 2 years now.

HALO is one of the Hillingdon Mayor Carol Melvin's chosen charities to support this year.

Being a volunteer-led charity, all the money raised goes to support families with bereavement, through 1:1 and group counselling, expressive art and play therapy, a bereavement book library, funded trips to create new memories together and more.

If you think Halo could help a family you know with bereavement support you can contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information on the charity you can visit www.halochildrensfoundation.org.uk and they will be glad to help.

If you would like to support HALO or the Mums you can on their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/halo-childrensfoundation

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