News & Events

July 2019


Thanks to the team at Coop Energy for having us in today. It’s been great to have a chat with you all and tell you more about Guy’s Gift and how you can support us!

June 2019

This month sees the start of our very first groups in Coventry. This is something we have wanted to facilitate for some time, and so we’re very pleased to see this happening.

May 2019

It’s been great to talk to the team at Coop, and share with them how their support of Guy’s Gift this coming year will make a difference.  Great to see so many people motivated to get behind their local childhood bereavement support charity!

April 2019

We had a great evening out watching the dance performances at Alison’s Fuller School of Dance. What a talented groups of people!  During the event, the group raised a fantastic £832.57 for Guy’s Gift.
Thanks to everyone involved for a fabulous show and brilliant fundraising effort!

Alison Fuller's School of Dance April 2019

We’d like to do a big shout out of thanks to the team of volunteers who have supported again at group sessions. We’re so proud to have such a dedicated and hard working team of thoroughly caring people. Thanks!!


March 2019

We are thrilled to have received £500 from ASDA Community in Leamington Spa, after being part of their green token scheme in store.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us!

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We’re pleased to be running our second groups sessions of 2019, this time in Kenilworth. These sessions will be running throughout March and April, and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of families joining us again.

February 2019

Thanks Rugby

January 2019

Happy New Year!

First job of the year was to pop out and see the dancers at Atomic Dance who have fundraised for us during their show. Excellent job all, and thanks for the demo when we popped in too!

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December 2018

The Lantern Walk this year had a surprise visitor, checking in with children and young people before 25th December!

Father Christmas with volunteer Michelle

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November 2018

We are excited about our upcoming Lantern Walk, being held on 16th December.

For more infomration, get in touch!

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October 2018

We’d like to say a great big thankyou to the team over at Cooper Solutions, particularly Dan. Dan has raised over £350 by having his legs shaved. What a fun way to raise funds for Guy’s Gift.

These funds help us to support bereaved children and young people through one-to-one support or by attending our group support sessions.

September 2018

We are launching an art competition to start our 10 years celebration of providing support for bereaved children and young within Warwickshire.
To enter the completition, donwload the pack here (Guy’s Gift Celebrate’s 10 years) and return to us by 30th November 2018. The winning entry will see their artwork used alongside the Guy’s Gift logo in various ways throughout 2019.
Good luck all, and we can’t wait to see what you do!

July 2018

We are welcoming on board Nikki Stevens, to join our team of counsellors. Nikki has been working with Guy’s Gift for over a year as part of her training, and she will be continuing to work with children and young people now she has completed her course too.
Welcome on board, Nikki.

June 2018

We are thrilled to welcome Margo O’Rourke into the team. Margo joins us as a bereavement support worker, and will be working with chlidren and young people in both one-to-one sessions and also at our group bereavement support sessions too.

May 2018

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We have had a fantastic weekend at our Familes Together weekend over in Upton Warren.
We challenged ourselves to overcome our fears when outdoors, and also process and develop strategies for dealing with our bereavement.

Here’s a picture of a button tree created in one of our sessions, which gave us the opportunity to talk about important people in our lives, and to think about special memories of those who have died.

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We’re excited to have received our new volunteer kit. We had funding towards getting t-shirts, hoodies and caps for the team, which we think will help keep us as one identifable group when we are out and about at Guy’s Gift sessions.
Look out for the team next time you meet up with us!
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April 2018

We’re really pleased to welcome on board our new fundraiser, Claire Hilton.
Claire joins the team with a background in mental health services and fundraising management.

March 2018

A big thankyou goes to O’Brien Contractors for their fantastic support of Guy’s Gift.
Lovely to meet the team today, and we look forward to letting you know how your donation furhter supports the children and young people we work with.

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We welcome those of you joining us at our latest group sessions starting in Kenilworth today.

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December 2017

Having postponed our event due to the HUGE snowfall we had last weekend, we are happy to say that we were able to move the Annual Lantern Walk closer to Christmas and it was very well attended.

The children and young people attended with family members, and decorated a bauble in memory of their special person. We then went on our lantern walk together, and spent a few moments remembering our special people.

Lantern Walk 2017

November 2017

Looking forward to another group staring this evening in Kenilworth.
We can’t wait to meet you all and work with you to process your experience of bereavement.

Kenilworth welcome

September 2017

We welcome everyone joining us for group support sessions in Bedworth this afternoon.
We look forward to working with you over the coming weeks.

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July 2017

The whole team at Guy’s Gift, along with the families we support, are absolutely thrilled to have received a fantastic donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. 

This donation substantially supports our Families Together project, which brings children, young people and their families together for a weekend centred around bereavement support.  Families Together is a safe environment which provides space away from home to focus on the special person who the families are remembering. This is achieved through carefully prepared therapeutic sessions alongside outdoor activities which are designed to encourage team work and build confidence.

Families leave the weekend having developed strategies to process their loss, as well as establishing a peer support network. The donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation enables us to bring together families to access much needed support at the time they need it most.

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21st to 23rd July saw us hold our most latest Families Together weekend. This was a great success and gave families a great opportunity to meet with others and share their experiences with people who understand them. 

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June 2017

We have completed another set of group workshops this month, and some of our Buddy Bears have travelled off to a new home, to continue supporting the children and young people who came along. (I wonder what the one int he front is saying to his friend?)

Buddy Bears 2017

May 2017

We’d like to say a big thank you to Baylis and Harding for continuing to support Guy’s Gift this year. Their fantastic support enables us to provide specialist bereavement support and counselling services to children and young people across Warwickshire. The donation supports group work and one-to-one sessions, alongside our Families Together weekend.

April 2017


Fab news! We’re one of the Co-ops chosen charities for the next 6 months. Please don’t forget to log into your Co-op membership homepage and select Guy’s Gift as your chosen charity. 1% of your purchases will be donated to Guy’s Gift on your behalf! If you need more info about this, get in touch with us (



We’re thrilled that the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire have donated £500 towards supporting bereaved children and young people across the county.

Support like this allows us to continue working with those who need it.

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This week one of our Trustees (Ian Gardner, pictured) and a volunteer (James Bakewell) attended Gentlemen’s Evening with the Lodge of Unity 567, Warwick Masons. the Lodge of Unity are supporting Guy’s Gift as their chosen charity this year, and we’re able to present Ian with a cheque for £500 towards taking Guy’s Gift families to M Fest 300 this summer. More info to follow.

Thanks all!

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March 2017


We are thrilled that WAGS Gang Show have supported us during their performances this month, raising a fantastic £2,349.84 for Guy’s Gift. Huge thanks for everyone involved.


Big shout out of thanks to Church End Brewery for their fantastic fundraising efforts at their winter beer festival. Sounds like you all had a great weekend too.

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February 2017


We’ve had a great day with our staff and volunteer teams today, preparing for our Families Together weekend in April. Lovely to see some new faces today too. We’re all excited and energised in anticipation for a great opportunity for local bereaved children, young people and their families to come together and work with others who have had similar experiences.

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December 2016


Our SMILE books have arrived! How exciting!

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Over the last year, lots of people have been telling us what makes them smile. There are stories, photos, pictures, recipes, jokes, and more…with a few famous faces too!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Katie Powell for all her effort and hard work in pulling this project together, and to The Lillie C. Johnson Charitable Trust for making this possible.

For more info on how to get your hands on this beautiful book, get in touch.


We’re thrilled to announce that the Love Leamington Fund are supporting us with a Group Workshop in 2017. More details to follow, but we are so pleased to be supported locally, and to be able to continue our vital work with children, young people and their families within the local community.

Thanks so much, Love Leamington!

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November 2016


A big thanks goes out to Steve Bale and friends who have raised a fantastic £200 for Guy’s Gift in memory of Neil. Steve has been a great contributor to Guy’s Gift for some years, it’s brilliant to have his ongoing support.

Well done to Steve and the lads!

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October 2016


We are thrilled to have held the first of our new Families Together weekends. Our weekend brought families together to take part in activities where we reflected on experiences and shared with others. We also had the opportunity to get outside and challenge ourselves with some of the outdoor pursuits on offer.

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September 2016


We are very excited to be holding our very first Families Together weekend in October. There will be lots of opportunity to remember the special people who have died, and to also have fun and meet new people. We still have a couple of spaces, so if you think this is something you’d like to be involved with please give us a call!

August 2016

03/08/2016 – Picnic in the Park

On Wednesday 3rd August we held our annual Picnic in the Park. Here are a couple of photos of kite decorating and flying. Pictures and messages on the kites are in memory of someone special.

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July 2016


Euro 2016 maybe over, but we’re still overcome by ‘football fever’ here at Guy’s Gift.
A big thankyou to our friends at Baylis & Harding who sent us this football signed by Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League-qualifying 2015/16 squad. Notable signatures include France captain Hugo Lloris, Welsh hero Ben Davies, and England’s Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Service Co-Ordinator Lisbeth will be deciding what to do with the ball in the coming weeks. Keep a look out for more info!

Lisbeth Bakewell with signed Tottenham Hotspur football

Lisbeth Bakewell with signed Tottenham Hotspur football














June 2016


Supported by Make My Day Better, the charity arm of DialAFlight and the Lotus Group which supports a variety of projects around the world.

Very pleased to have received a donation from these guys.  Click on the link above to find out more about their work.  Thanks very much.



Join us in celebrating Volunteers’ Week by extending a huge thankyou to all of our fantastic volunteers, past and present!  Volunteers bring diversity, ideas and enthusiasm, as well as making a great contribution to our work with bereaved children and young people throughout Warwickshire. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our dedicated team.  Thanks!


April 2016

Baylis & Harding cheque presentation-19th April 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that we have received a very generous donation from Baylis & Harding. The money will be used to fund our part-time counsellor post. Thank you, Baylis & Harding!


March 2016

Thanks to The Landmark Trust’s fabulous initiative, ’50 for Free’, some of the Guy’s Gift team recently spent a relaxing and rewarding few days staying at Laughton Place in East Sussex.

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‘Are You Thready?’ Tea Party – 10th March 2016, White Stuff, Leamington Spa

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We had a great time at White Stuff’s ‘Are You Thready?’ tea party in Leamington Spa. Cakes, sandwiches, tea…and 29 fabulous stitched patches entered into the competition. It was a very tough job to choose a winner, but after much deliberation we chose the dogs’ tea party design…bunting, dogs, tea and cake – very White Stuff!

Thank you so much to everyone who created a patch and thank you to the White Stuff team for hosting this wonderful event. All the patches will now going to be sent to White Stuff HQ to be made into a quilt for us.


February 2016

Drop-In Sessions

Drop-in sessions for bereaved children, young people and their families will be taking place at Camp Hill Primary School (Holly Stitches Road, Nuneaton, CV10 9QA) on the following dates:

6th April, 2-4pm

25th May, 2-4pm

29th June, 2-4pm

Do come along and see our counsellors, who will be available to answer questions and offer advice.

For more information, please ring 0845 467 3035.


More Buddy Bears join the Guy’s Gift team

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We’re really excited to introduce some new friends.

AirTanker Services, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, has donated 100 Buddy Bears to Guy’s Gift. Each of the bears will now be finding a new home with the children and young people that we support. Leamington Bear and Katie (Guy’s Gift’s Fundraiser) had a great time visiting AirTanker to collect the bears, including a trip on board one of the Voyager aircraft.

Thank you, AirTanker Services!


January 2016

Jennifer Lee School of Dance

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A huge “thank you” to everyone at the Jennifer Lee School of Dance for their recent donation of £2000 which was raised at the school’s annual dance show. The show was a great success and raised lots of money for several charities. Three cheers for everyone involved!


December 2015

Guy’s Gift Lantern Walk – 13th December 2015, 3.00-5.00pm, Coombe Park, Binley

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Everyone had a great time at our annual Lantern Walk. We enjoyed festive drinks and treats whilst making memory stars and then headed out with our lanterns for a walk around Coombe Park to our special memory tree. It was lovely to see so many families – to see old friends and meet some new ones too. A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a special event. A big thank you to Sainsbury’s in Kenilworth too for providing us with refreshments.


November 2015

Corporal Cup 2015 – 14th November 2015


Friends of Neil Jones, who lost his fight with cancer in June 2010, held a fundraising golf day to raise money for Guy’s Gift.


Guy’s Gift Buddy Bears

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We’re thrilled to introduce our new Buddy Bears. Made possible by wonderful donations from both the Lillie C. Johnson Charitable Trust and The Richard Cadbury Charitable Trust, these furry friends will be given to the children and young people that we support. 

Now every child that Guy’s Gift supports can hug and take comfort from their bear when they are having difficult days. Not only is a Buddy Bear something tangible that they can hold on to, it also acts as a reminder that Guy’s Gift is always there to support them.


October 2015

Classical and Modern Dance’s Dance-a-thonSaturday, 31st October, Warwick University

 Dancing for 5 hours, the team of 20 or so dancers raised over £250 for Guy’s Gift.


August 2015

Picnic in the Park -Wednesday, 5th August, Coombe Country Park

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It was a great day. We were joined by several families and it was a very sociable and laid back day. We flew kites, went for a stroll around the park and enjoyed a picnic together. The weather was perfect—sunshine, but with just enough breeze to send our kites soaring into the clouds. Everyone agreed that it was a very worthwhile day—with a chance to have fun, talk about their experiences and ask the team questions.


July 2015

Funding news

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We’re thrilled to have been awarded a grant from the Harry Payne Fund. The grant will be used for Family Days at Coombe Country Park in Binley. Family Days are important part of the work we do – giving bereaved families the opportunity to come together, share their experiences and remember the person who has died.


June 2015

Funding news

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been granted funding from the Heart of England Community Foundation. The funds (from the Coventry Building Society Charitable Foundation Fund CWS) will go towards one of our 2016 group therapy programmes – giving bereaved children the opportunity to build their self-esteem, meet others who are in a similar situation and to reflect on their experience of losing a loved one, so they can move forwards and reach their full potential in life.

‘The Longest Day in Golf’

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On 5th June, Steve Bale, Steve John and Karl Lees (pictured) set themselves the challenge of playing the longest day of golf – starting at 4.30am and playing until their last putt at 8pm. They walked over 20 miles, took over 52,000 steps, played 361 shots and as a result, raised over £600 for Guy’s Gift.

A huge thank you to Steve B, Karl, Steve J and everyone who supported them from all of us at Guy’s Gift.


May 2015

‘A Day to Remember’ – held on 1st May, this was a day when we invited everyone to remember a special person who has died. All of the resources we put together for this event can be used at any time of the year and can be found on the ‘Remembering Someone Special’ page of our website.


April 2015

We’re very excited to announce that a Guy’s Gift fundraising pack is now available. Go to the ‘Support Us’ page to download a copy.


March 2015

New group sessions were held on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March 2015 at Rugby College.

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Download our Winter Newsletter: Newsletter-Issue 4


December 2014

Lantern Walk – Sunday, 14th December – Coombe Country Park, Binley, near Coventry

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Our annual Lantern Walk was a great success. Everyone enjoyed meeting new friends, catching up with old ones, making memory stars and walking through the country park by lantern light to remember those who are no longer with us. A huge thank you to everyone who came.


Group therapy sessions were held on 2nd and 9th December.


November 2014

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A new group therapy programme started, with sessions held on 11th and 18th November.


October 2014

Leamington Bear joins the team - Tuesday, 28th October

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Leamington Bear has joined Guy’s Gift as our official mascot and ‘buddy bear’. He was donated to us by Diana Arseneau-Powell and her family. To celebrate Leamington Bear’s new role with Guy’s Gift, his friends at White Stuff in Leamington Spa (where Diana is one of the team) organised a special day for him. Diana and her friends from the Spa Strummers played their ukeleles and sang to customers all day. There was even a raffle, with customers asked to guess how many sweets were in the jar. Leamington Bear will now be joining us at future Guy’s Gift events, including Family Days and Lantern Walks. Hooray!


Top of the Pots – Wednesday, 9th October – White Stuff, Leamington Spa

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We were thrilled to be a part of White Stuff’s event that saw jams and chutney being brought into White Stuff stores all over the country. The aim of it all? To raise money for the charities that White Stuff supports and also find winning recipes that will be featured in a charity book this Christmas. We had a great day out at the Leamington Spa store – chatting to customers, raising awareness of Guy’s Gift and also helping to sell the special jams and chutney that White Stuff had produced for the occasion. The winner of the best jam or chutney in Leamington Spa was Julia Lane’s Crabtree and Rosemary Jelly – congratulations Julia!


August 2014

Picnic in the Park – Tuesday 12th August 12pm-4pm – Coombe Country Park, Binley, near Coventry

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It was lovely to see so many familiar faces at our Picnic in the Park. Everyone’s kites took to the skies after having had messages and memories written on them. The afternoon proved to be a big success. Everyone agreed it had been lots of fun and also a good opportunity to meet other families going through similar experiences. Parents and grandparents chatter, children laughed and played, kites flew, picnics were enjoyed and a good time was had by all!



March – May 2012 – Volunteer Training Course took place.


December 2011

Our annual Lantern Walk took place at Ragley Hall, Alcester.

PomPom Christmas Trees – thanks go to one of our Volunteers for the idea, and also for her terrific organisation of such a successful fundraising event.

November 2011

Jackie Potter, one of our Bereavement Service Managers, won the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for the West Midlands – more details available here:

Warwick University’s Mixed Hockey Club supported our work during the University’s RAG Week by dressing up in drag for an entire week – including during their lectures and seminars – and raised a terrific £1490.75 in the process. Many thanks to all participants for their support. Looks like it was a lot of fun!

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Saturday, 26th November – Karaoke at Alcester Unionist Club.

October 2011

Waitrose in Kenilworth supported us through their “Community Matters” scheme.

Volunteer Training Course.

August 2011

Two very successful Family Activity Days took place.

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Volunteer Training Dates for 2011 - 12th February, 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April 2011.

December 2010

Our annual Lantern Walk was held at Ragley Hall, Alcester took place on 12rth December. 

September 2010 – Waitrose Alcester Store Manager Peter Falcini presents Guy’s Gift Volunteer Grace with a cheque for £448.

Grace Accepting the Cheque from Waitrose

Grace Accepting the Cheque from Waitrose

December 2009

“Strictly Come Dancing” – Stratford College.  Many thanks to Stratford College for raising funds for us at this very successful – and very enjoyable – event.

Christmas Quiz in conjunction with HSBC raised over £1,000 in total.  Many thanks to the HSBC team, Coventry & Warwickshire.

 Our first Lantern Walk took place at Ragley Hall.

Christmas Lantern Walk

Christmas Lantern Walk

September 2009

Our first fundraiser!  We had two runners in the Stratford Big 10k Run.  Many thanks to Laurie and Sammy!

Sammy Running for Guy's Gift

Sammy Running for Guy’s Gift

Tired out, but a good cause!

Tired out, but a good cause!