Children’s Grief Centre wins the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year Award

Children’s Grief Centre won National Lottery Award

Childrens Grief Centre wins the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year award 

Children’s Grief Centre wins the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year Award

Limerick’s very own Children’s Grief Centre wins the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year award with the prize money standing at €35,000.

The new awards shine a light on the extraordinary work impacting communities all over Ireland.

36 finalists from all over Ireland gathered for the glittering Awards dinner at the Clayton/Burlington Hotel in Dublin. TV presenter Karen Koster was the host for the night. The Awards was broadcasted on Virgin Media One on November, 11 at 9.30 p.m

The Children’s Grief Centre won a place out of 36 finalists. They were subsequently named as the winner of the youth category. The six category winners received €10,000 each, whilst the overall Good Cause of the Year received an additional €25,000.

As overall and category winners the Centre receives €35,000 in prize money which will go towards supporting its services.

Recently, the Limerick Bar Association presented the organisation with a cheque for over €10,000 raised from their Strictly Legal Eagles event.

The €45,000 will help the charity to continue and expand their support towards children who suffer from bereavement, divorce or separation

Groups from Counties Offaly, Waterford, Dublin, Leitrim, and Wicklow also received top honours at the inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan presented the award at the evening gala where she greatly praised and appreciated the Children’s Grief Centre and their work under Sister Helen Culhane and the caring team. Ms. Madigan also praised the dedication with which the Grief Centre has been working to provide comfort and support to grieving children.

Sister Helen Culhan, founder of the Children’s Grief Centre was excited about winning the award: “I can’t believe that we won the award! The amount that we won would definitely help us out of the financial difficulties.”

“It is a great support, The Children’s Grief Centre needs to have a larger premise for full-time employees since our fundraiser is currently working in a storeroom,” said Sister Helen.

Providing support services for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation, and divorce in Mid West Region Sr Helen Culhane, Limerick Person of the Year 2017, founded the centre in 2009. The Children’s Grief Centre sees around 300 children every week, aged between 4 to 18 years. Seventy percent of the children who attend have separated parents while 30 percent have suffered bereavement.

Since its inception, the centre has provided a space and place for over 1,000 children to explore and understand their experiences of loss associated with bereavement and parental separation.

The National Lottery Good Causes Awards aims to celebrate the inspiring and innovative work being carried out by the thousands of individuals, organisations, groups and sports clubs all over Ireland who benefit from the National Lottery Good Causes funding. 

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Childrens Grief Centre wins National Lottery Award

Childrens Grief Centre wins National Lottery Award

Childrens Grief Centre wins National Lottery Award

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