Losing a parent is an emotional experience whatever your age, but for a young child it can be deeply confusing, distressing and life-changing. Therefore, being able to say goodbye to your mum or dad in a calm, peaceful and supportive environment can make a real difference during an incredibly difficult time. This is just one of the many reasons that the work of hospices like St Andrew’s in Grimsby is so important

TGeorge-and-Greg-Kavanagh-300x171ake 8 year old George.  His dad, Greg, was only 48 when he died of lung, brain and spinal cancer in March 2013 at St Andrew’s Hospice.  Throughout his dad’s stay at the hospice, George and his family were also cared for, with George benefitting from the work of the family support team and from special “Caterpillar Days” provided by the children’s hospice to support the siblings of terminally ill children.

Even after his dad’s death, George continues to receive support from St Andrew’s – what he calls “a hotel for poorly people” – and in turn takes an active role in fundraising for the hospice.

It’s because of this hugely important work that independent retailers based in Grimsby and Cleethorpes have been collectively supporting St Andrew’s, their local hospice, with Pennies over the past two years.  In this time, customers shopping at participating stores across the two towns have shown their generosity time and time again, raising over £4,400 to date simply by choosing to donate 25p to the cause when they pay by card.

Over time the number of shops taking part in this community initiative, launched with the help of Cardsave in 2011, has grown too.  Today shoppers can donate via Pennies in over 30 local stores, helping improve the lives of those on their doorstep.  For a full list of participating retailers, click here.

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