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Why Brightest Star Is Needed

As another year ends and many people feel sad at the thought of a starting a new year without their loved ones, I am thinking about all the families who have survived another year without their child and all those who have loved them through their grief.

As 2016 comes to a close we are sadly reminded that our services are needed more than ever and the number of bereaved families seeking our help in growing each week.

Brightest stars success in 2016 would never been have been... possible without the support from all of you. Through your fundraising and raising awareness we have..

Opened Hulks Haven, our Glasgow HQ

Provided bereaved parents with support groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Distributed families across the U.K. with memory boxes

Provided siblings with play therapy

Provided parents and couples with bereavement counselling

Provided intensive group therapy sessions

Provided families support via social media, telephone and one to one meetings

Provided sibling support training sessions

Increased awareness on grief and grieving after the death of a child

Trained people in emergency paediatric 1st aid

For every penny you donated, event you attended, people you told about brightest star, post you liked or shared, message or comment you sent...I thank you on behalf of myself and every bereaved family that we have supported this year and previously. To those bereaved families who have raised money for brightest star in their child memory, there are no words to thank you enough for having the kindness to do such a selfless act.

With your continued support in 2017, all of these services can continue and brightest stars family ambulance will take to the road.

Our family support would never have been possible with our adult counsellor and our sibling play therapist, they work tirelessly and they are the ones who are changing the life's bereaved families.

Thanks to our trustees and all the volunteers and friends who do so much behind the scenes, your help is invaluable.
My husband Paul and dad Mick do so much all year round for brightest star and without their help, there is so much that just wouldn't be possible.

Without my beautiful boy jack and the love and support of my husband, mum and dad, I wouldn't have the strength or courage to keep doing this job so thank you for making me who I am today and helping me to survive another year.

Thanks to everyone who has supported brightest star in any way in 2016.

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Happy Birthday Jack

Jack Kennedy
25 December 2006 - 19 December 2012

We see people come
See people go...
This particular boy is extra special
I know you might be gone
And the world may not know
Still, I see you celestial

I know I’m going to miss you, I know
But when I’m cold,
I know that you’re with me
And the way you will show, when you’re with me wherever I go
But you give me this feeling, it’s everglow
What I wouldn't give for this moment to hold
Yeah, I live for this feeling, it’s everglow

So if you love someone, you should let them know
Oh, the light that you left me will everglow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5pVHaLwy-U

10 years ago today I gave birth to light of my life, my very own Xmas day baby. Xmas is a special and magical day and I really believe jack being born on Xmas day shows just how special he was. During my pregnancy I always said that I didn't want to go into labour on Xmas day but if I did then my baby must be a gift that was being sent to us. That statement really shows now, Jack was and is his short life and in his death a gift to this world and I'm beyond proud to call him my son, my everglow.

As sad as I am today, I am proud that I was lucky enough to be his mum and have the relationship that I had with him. Some people never get the chance to be a mum and nobody else got the privilege to be his mum.

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Baby Boy, what I would give to see this wee face today.

All my love today and always,
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Present in memory of Jack

Thanks to last nights response and people donating money to buy a present in Jacks memory, we went to shops today and bought more toys to give to less fortunate children this Xmas 💙🌟

As much as it broke my heart walking around a toy shop thinking about what I should be buying for Jack, I know that these will make a child smile the way Jack used to smile. Thanks to everyone for their kindness and in particular my husband Paul for helping me to do this today to remember my little prince in such a special way this Xmas 💙15589750 1210911202334162 8787880443488850498 n

The Ball Is Back, Save The Date!!!

SAVE THE DATE...ITS COMING BACK

Many of you have been asking when and if the Brightest Star Ball will return so we are super excited to announce its return on 27th May 2017 in the Hilton Glasgow.

More details will be announced soon but for now for get your friends, family or workplace lined up for what promises to be your best night out in 2017. This could make an excellent Christmas present for someone you love or for your staff. Not only are you giving them a great night ...out but you are also giving to Charity.

For now, here is a sneak peek of some of the fun from our two previous Brightest Star Balls.

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