A Chester project working with children and young people has been awarded £9,540 by BBC Children in Need in the charity’s latest round of grants.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd at Backford offers counselling services for young people who have recently experienced bereavement in Chester.

The hospice works with children and their families to help them to normalise the grieving process and lessen the impact of the bereavement by providing coping strategies and opportunities to talk.

The funding boost of £9,540 will enable the project to make an additional day of counselling available and introduce monthly group sessions. Group sessions will provide an opportunity for children and young people to meet with peers in a similar situation and share experiences.

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Danka Chitryn at Hospice of the Good Shepherd said: “Children and young people experiencing bereavement can be affected in different ways, some may start to experience difficulties at school, others might suffer from self-esteem and confidence lows. The funding from BBC Children in Need will ensure we are able to provide more support for young people experiencing these issues in Cheshire.”

BBC Children in Need now funds 23 projects in Cheshire with over £1,238,105 hard at work to benefit young lives in the county. The charity awards grants at seven points during the year - more funding will be pledged to projects in the UK throughout 2016.

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Elizabeth Myers, ‎regional head of Children in Need in the North of England, added: “At BBC Children in Need we fund projects making a tangible difference to young lives. Hospice of the Good Shepherd is a great example of one of our small grants in action. These include anything up to £10,000 across one year and can really demonstrate how relatively small sums of money can have a huge impact.”