People in Business supports two local charities: the Bereavement Café and the MumMum Foundation.
It was back in November of 2017 that the Bereavement Café came to be.
Michelle Harvey had noticed, working as a Funeral Celebrant, that many families that she had met through her work, did not have access to sufficient bereavement counselling.
A call went out for volunteers and, with the help of Valentine & Turner, they found a location and some grief counsellors and their first meeting was held.
The Bereavement Café now runs on a monthly basis, with volunteers who are all qualified grief counsellors, offering their time for free.
Those attending can get either 1 to 1 counselling or join in the circle of chat, which also has grief counsellors who assist in the informal conversations held.
Our mantra is…
TEA * COFFEE * BISCUITS * SUPPORT
All are free – plus a warm welcome to all who come along.
Our meetings are the last Thursday of every month, 11.30am to 1pm at Orpington Village Hall.
Gary Valentine-Fuller set up the MumMum Foundation following the death of his nan (his ‘MumMum’), who Gary describes as “the most loving, caring and beautiful person.” He wanted to give something back to those who are going through cancer treatment, as his ‘MumMum’ did.
The foundation supports families affected by cancer. Its primary objective is to help put smiles on the faces of those who need them most, whether it be through a meal out with loved ones, a trip to the theatre, a day out, a weekend away or simply someone to talk to.
The service is funded by donations and is available to individuals and families who have been affected by cancer. Nothing is asked in return.
Monthly meeting are held with the trustees and patrons at 262 High Street, Orpington, c/o Valentine & Turner. People can pop in anytime to see Gary if they need the foundation’s help.
Volunteers are always welcome at events when these are held – charity balls, dinners, etc. The more the merrier!
Please visit www.themummumfoundation.org.uk to donate.