Innovative youngster sets up a live music event to thank local charity for its support following the death of her father
A self-starting 17-year-old from Shepperton has organised an evening of live music to raise funds for Surrey-wide bereavement charity Jigsaw (South East).
Shayna West-Watson attended the charity’s six-week Grief Support Groups with her mother and younger sister in 2016 after the death of her father following a short illness.
“I attended the evening sessions plus a Saturday with my mum and my little sister where I was able to meet the incredible Grief Support Workers that helped my family to properly grieve for my father,” said Shayna. “Jigsaw did so much for us and we really owe a lot to them – that is why I would like to represent them at my charity event.”
The ‘One Night Only’ showcase is taking place on Saturday 3 June from 7pm at St John Fisher Church Hall in Shepperton and will feature a DJ as well as live performances. Tickets, which are £5 (12-18 year olds) and £10 for adults (under 11s go free) are available from email@example.com. There will be a bar and light refreshments.
Nickey Price, Operations Manager for Jigsaw (South East), said:
“We were thrilled to learn of Shayna’s fantastic live music event. Shayna is a terrific young woman who has not only completed our support groups with her family, but also been an ambassador for the charity at the BBC head offices where she shadowed a member of the BBC Children In Need production team for the day.
“As a small local charity, we are hugely dependent upon donations and funds raised by individuals such as Shayna to enable us to keep reaching out to bereaved families as well as those facing the loss of a loved one through serious, life-threatening illnesses. Thank you Shayna.”
The event invites people from the local community to come along, dance and “forget about their worries and strife” and just enjoy “throwback tunes” says Shayna. There will be music (live and a dj) including me singing and also my sister too.
Based at East Court Mansion in East Grinstead since 2006, the charity offers support to children and young people who have a family member with a serious, life-limiting condition. It also provides 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 Reigate and Guildford and East Grinstead).
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Email Shayna for tickets; £5 12-18 year olds; £10 for adults (under 11s go free): firstname.lastname@example.org