A fundraising coffee morning was held at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) to launch a new local charity.
A raffle, tombola and cake sale raised £1,610, which will be used by Megan’s Rainbow Support Group to help families faced with the sudden loss of a child.
The support group, based in Seaham, County Durham, plans to open a drop-in centre for people faced with sudden loss where they will be able to meet for a cup of coffee and perhaps a shoulder to cry on.
The coffee morning was organised by Julia Errington, from CDDFRS’ training centre.
Julia Errington said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this event. Staff and visitors have been incredibly generous and raised £1610 within an hour.”
The support group was launched by Eddie and Jennifer Bell after their granddaughter Megan died at a music festival last year.
After the tragedy hit Megan’s family, they found there was limited counselling and help available in the area, which motivated them to start this initiative to support people living in the region going through tough times and suffering a bereavement.
Jennifer Bell, Megan’s grandmother said: “After we’ve lost our granddaughter, we realised there was little bereavement support in Seaham.
My ambition is to try to get a support group in Seaham to help those who are grieving.”
CDDFRS staff and local residents attended the event at fire service headquarters to support the charity. The money was raised through cake and coffee sale, and tombola which had over 200 prizes available donated by the service staff and local people with all the proceeds going to the charity.
A donation of two vases from The National Glass Centre raised more than £100 as part of an auction.