Harry’s Rainbow – Rainbow Week


Grief Awareness Week/Rainbow Week – 17th – 23rd November 2022

We still need to do more to raise awareness of child bereavement. As part of our ongoing vision, Harry’s Rainbow will once again be collaborating with The Childhood Bereavement Network to promote International Children’s Grief Awareness Day and National Children’s Grief Awareness Week.

Statistics (*2015*) show that in 1 year alone 100 parents died in Milton Keynes, leaving dependent children bereaving. Nationally, it is estimated that 1 in 29 school children are bereaved of a parent or sibling – that is potentially 1 per school class. These statistics are startling.

Harry’s Rainbow is dedicated to supporting children bereaved of parents or siblings in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas and we are committed to raising awareness of the support children need and also what is available to them via our charity.

To date we have raised over £8000 in much needed funds, but equally importantly is helping raise awareness of Child Bereavement throughout the community. It is thanks to local businesses, schools and individuals such as Brioche Pasquier, Energie Fitness, Mercedes, Portfield School, TheCentre:MK, Mr Simms Sweet Shoppe, DHL and Argos that we have managed to make this week a success. We are forever grateful to our local businesses and look forward to continue working with them.

You have a whole week to get involved and join us in any way that you can; your participation will make such a huge difference. In previous weeks, organisations and schools have baked and sold cakes, asked for donations, dressed up in bright and colourful outfits, held sponsored, fun classes and events and generally had lots of laughter and smiles, while supporting our brilliant cause!

Claire Banbury, Club Owner at energie Fitness Kiln Farm says “Rainbow Week is an important part of our annual calendar and members know to expect it! We’ve been supporting Harry’s Rainbow since we opened back in 2018 and this particular week long event allows us to all get colourful, creative, get local kids and adults involved and help shout about the message of Grief Awareness. We want our members and everyone in the local Community to know about the incredible work that Harry’s Rainbow do to support bereaved families and we’re very fortunate to have a charity like this in Milton Keynes to refer people to”

Would you like to be involved this year? Perhaps you could organise a sponsored event or cake sale or arrange for your team members to dress down for a donation. We would love you to join us! You can make a difference…

If you would like any more information or to brainstorm some ideas, please contact Emma – emma@harrysrainbow.co.uk- 07812161645