A Worksop-based charity that has helped grieving parents worldwide through the trauma of baby loss has been “secured for the future” after winning a £50,000 grant.
JOEL: The Complete Package beat off dozens of other charities to scoop the £50k prize from The People’s Projects- a partnership between The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery.
Volunteers for the charity said the achievement would not have been possible without help from the community with residents, schools and businesses displaying “Rainbow Rocks” banners and posters to maximise the vote count.
Rachel Hodges, JOEL vice chair, said: “From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say a huge thank you to those who voted, supported and got stuck in with the campaign and the spirit of JOEL.
“Our team have worked so hard this last couple of weeks, driven completely on passion- something JOEL has in abundance.
“We hope you enjoy watching JOEL grow and reaching out to more families than ever. Our plans are huge.”
JOEL was a two man show when it was founded by bereaved Worksop parents Emma and Matt Pearson in 2013- but now boasts dozens of dedicated volunteers working to spread its message across the district and beyond.
JOEL have already launched a £35,000 family suite at Bassetlaw Hospital, which allows parents to spend more time with their stillborn babies.
From their hub in Victoria Square, the charity have also created special bereavement packs and hold Chasing The Rainbow sessions for those hoping to conceive after babyloss, as well as a hotline for parents further afield.
The new funding will enable JOEL to extend its family support packs to siblings and grandparents, who are often overlooked when it comes to baby loss, and eventually host its very first national conference.
For more information on the charity visit: www.joelthecompletepackage.co.uk or www.facebook.com/pg/Joelthecompletepackage.