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At Rotherham Hospice


Every child is affected very differently by bereavement, and in our Sunbeams group, we work with children who are recently or soon to be bereaved to help them through the stages of bereavement with special support and to remember their loved ones in a positive and helpful way.

We meet fortnightly after school in groups of 8-10 children. The service is led by paid staff and volunteers who engage the children in valuable activities which help them understand their bereavement. We also work alongside schools and Social Services to ensure every child receives the right care and reaches their full potential

Sunbeams is a supportive and homely retreat that parents and carers tell us the children especially look forward to.


Sunbeams support group

The group follows a light programme of activities which include:

Refferal form

This important programme is well-supported locally: we often have visits from local writers and musicians, and help from many volunteers who make it possible for each child to receive the attention and care that they need.

Sunbeams runs all year apart from the six-week summer holiday, and takes referrals throughout the year. Children are often relatives of hospice patients, but we are able to support any child who has a close relative (a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt) or friend who is dying or has died in palliative care.

Our staff are on hand to offer support to any adults accompanying the children.

To make a referral to Sunbeams, please download and fill out the form and email to

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support us, whether it be through holding an event, playing in our lottery, volunteering, or donating!

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