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Team Evie launches Bereavement Support Group for parents

bereavement[C]umbrian charity Team Evie is starting a new Bereavement Support Group for parents in the county and will launch it with an Open Day in Cockermouth on the 21st January.

The support group will be open to all parents who have suffered the loss of a child, whether recently or historically and it is hoped, will provide them with the chance to meet others who have had similar experiences and gain support from them.

The Open Day will take place at Victoria Hall, close to the Main Street in Cockermouth and will offer the chance to pop in, informally, for a drink and a chat.

Following its Open Day, Team Evie will set up a regular group meeting in Cockermouth to encourage and support bereaved parents and families.

Greg and Jill Johnston set up Team Evie as a support charity to help poorly children and to support families who face similar challenges to themselves and their daughter Evie. The charity was set up soon after Evie passed away and it was clear to Greg and Jill that Evie’s fight, inspiration and positive impact should be spread far and wide.

After losing Evie it became apparent that there was little support in Cumbria to help bereaved parents and the Johnstons became determined to change this. Teaming up with a local health visitor, Helen, who shares the same driving passion to help many parents like themselves, they have created their Bereavement Support Group.

Greg, Evie’s dad and co-founder of Team Evie, said: “We are starting with our open day to meet as many parents as possible who can come down and have a cuppa with us. Losing a child can often leave parents feeling lonely and isolated. Our group will tackle this and give parents a safe, friendly environment to meet others and support each other.”

Team Evie’s Bereavement Support Group Open Day is free to attend. For more information please visit

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