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Dropping pounds to raise funds for grieving families

Dropping Pounds To Raise Funds For Grieving Families

After attending Jigsaw’s Grief Support Groups with her family, Michelle Mundy decided to organise a sponsored weight loss with 14 colleagues to raise much-needed funds for this local bereavement family service

On Monday 23rd September, a team of 15 colleagues from Morden-based housing provider Merton Priory Homes began a sponsored weight-loss on behalf of family bereavement charity Jigsaw (South East).

The team – entitled The Shrinking Nibblers – aim to drop pounds while raising essential funds for Jigsaw (South East) in time for Christmas, a notoriously difficult time for families who have lost or are facing the loss of a loved one.

While the team members have all set themselves individual targets, Michelle is aiming to drop two stone by Christmas Day while making a difference to a charity her whole family has had direct contact with.

“On the 29th March 2012 my world collapsed,” says Michelle. “My mum died suddenly. She had been my mentor and my best friend, who loved me unconditionally and pulled me kicking and screaming through years of traumatic health problems. She was also a wonderful nannie to my girls. Now lost, we turned to Jigsaw for help.”

Based at East Court in East Grinstead since 2006, the charity offers grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member through illness, accident, suicide or murder (through groups in Epsom, Reigate and Woking). In partnership with Macmillan, it also provides support to children and young people who have a family member with a serious illness.

Michelle and her daughters, who live in Fetcham, joined Jigsaw’s six-week Grief Support Groups in Spring 2013.

“Children often don’t understand the emotions they are feeling so they turn the anger on the people around them, maybe even become violent,” says Michelle. “They can’t concentrate at school, they get behind with studies and then get into trouble and give up trying. They might withdraw from friends who don’t know what to say to them, they become a target for bullies because they’re in a vulnerable state. Help Jigsaw to prevent a crisis for children in later years.”

Sponsor Michelle and the Shrinking Nibblers now!

Visit JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Mundy1

To find out more, visit www.jigsawsoutheast.org.uk to download an invite or call 01342 313895.

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