Milly’s Smiles Receives Community Chest Grant

Councillor Smithson, Lorraine Hargreaves and Councillor Britcliffe holding giant cheque

Milly’s Smiles Receives Community Chest Grant from Hyndburn Borough Council

Hyndburn Borough Council is pleased to announce a £2,100 grant awarded to a local group providing bereavement support to families who have lost a child.

The grant will support the group, based in Great Harwood, in running monthly support sessions focused on creative activities, such as art therapy, for a period of six months. These sessions offer a safe and supportive space for parents, grandparents, and siblings struggling with the loss of a child, regardless of the child’s age.

“The agony of losing a child is unparalleled,” said Lorraine Hargreaves, Founder of Milly’s Smiles. “No parent or grandparent expects to face such a tragedy. We are incredibly grateful for the council’s support through this grant, which will allow us to continue offering much-needed bereavement support to families in our community. This funding will make a real difference to the lives of people experiencing such a difficult time.”

The grant will cover the costs of hiring a qualified craft tutor, purchasing art supplies, refreshments for attendees, room rental, heating, and administration costs.

Councillor Steven Smithson, Deputy Leader of the Council said, “We are proud to support this important initiative that provides a safe space for healing during a time of immense grief. I’m honoured to support vital services such as these through the Community Chest Fund.”

Hyndburn Borough Council is committed to supporting local initiatives that improve the lives of residents in the community. This grant demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing resources and support for those facing challenging times.


IMAGE: Councillor Steven Smithson, Lorraine Hargreaves and Councillor Peter Britcliffe