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The Big Help Out

Great day at #TheBigHelpOut on Friday. Lovely to meet so many potential volunteers and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Annie Brewster JP.

Stand-by-me Receives The King’s Award for Voluntary Service at Special Presentation Event

Stand-by-me Bereavement Support, a charity dedicated to assisting bereaved children, young people and their families in North Herts and Stevenage, held a special event to accept…

By Royal Request

In November, we were thrilled to receive the King’s Award for Voluntary Service, often dubbed the ‘OBE for charities.’ This prestigious recognition highlights the remarkable contributions…

Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews speaks with Daisy from Stand-by-me about their journeys following the death of a sibling.

Stand-by-me Bereavement Support, a charity devoted to assisting bereaved children and their families in North Hertfordshire and Stevenage, recently teamed up with TV personality Spencer Matthews…

Stand-by-me gets a little boost from the Settle Group squad!

In March 2023, we were thrilled to learn that The Settle Group employees had chosen Stand-by-me as their Charity of the Year. Little did we anticipate…

R Whites & The Lemonades, spread happiness in Hitchin with their fabulous busking.

The talented singers, R Whites & The Lemonades delighted the Hitchin locals with their busking performances in the Market Square and by the Church, raising funds…

Success of Grief Training for Early Year’s Professionals

It was a delight to have so many Early Years professionals join us at the bereavement training session on Monday and back in November. We are…

A Message to Mum 💕

Jo from Treat Yo’ Self in Hitchin swooped in like a superhero in February, eager to sprinkle some magic for Stand-by-me on Mother’s Day! With a…

Bereavement Training for Early Years Professionals

Stand-by-me are pleased to offer another training session for Early Years staff on supporting children and their families who have suffered a bereavement. This session will…

2023 – A Year in Review

As we enter our 10th anniversary year, we’d like to take a moment to share with you all that Stand-by-me has accomplished throughout 2023 and the…

A Night of Fun and Laughter for Our Young Ambassadors

We wanted to show our appreciation to our Young Ambassadors for promoting our service to bereaved children, young people, and their families in North Herts and…

Volunteer Information Day

Looking to kick-start 2024 with a new volunteer role? We are holding an Volunteer information Day on Saturday 20th January, 10am – 12 noon at our…

Chesfield Downs Golf – Ladies Captain’s Charity of the Year 2023

Thank you to Hazel Brunnen, Ladies Captain at Chesfield Downs Golf for nominating Stand-by-me as her Charity of Year 2023. At a presentation on Thursday 14th…

NHCVS Stevenage Community Conference

Two of our Trustees attended the All About Us, Stevenage Community Conference on Thursday 30th November. This was a day to network with other local charities,…

Quiz Night …. Holby City Reunion

Stand-by-me Bereavement Support’s Christmas quiz featured a reunion between two local TV stars who both worked on the popular hospital drama Our recent quiz night featured…

The BBC Children in Need Challenge Squad

Back in September, we were excited to be contacted by BBC Children in Need with an invite for one of Young Ambassadors to join The One…

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are so proud and honoured to finally be able to announce that we are one of the first charities in the UK to be awarded…

Positive Aspects of Gaming … Hugo’s Story

One of our Young Ambassador’s, Hugo, shared his story about the death of his dad and how gaming helped him to manage his grief and begin…

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BBC Radio 2 with James and Vernon Kay

Just in case you missed it James was interviewed by Vernon Kay on his BBC2 Radio Show today. You can find it at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_two, 11:07 minutes…

Stand-by-me Volunteers

Volunteers Come Together

It was so great to see so many of our volunteers on Saturday 28th October for our Externalising and Active Listening Training. It is great to…

Children In Need Challenger James

Did you SPOT him?

We are so excited to announce that one of our Young Ambassadors, James, will be joining The Challenge Squad! The Challenge Squad, launched on The One…

Billy Byrne joins Stand-by-me

DIY SOS’s Billy Byrne joins Stand-by-me

Stand-by-me Bereavement Support was joined by its patron, Billy Byrne from DIY SOS, and his wife Elaine for a day for all the children and young people…

Settle Vans

A Great Big Thank you!

The Settle Group, Letchworth have chosen us as their Charity of the year for 2023. As part of this Settle held a volunteer day for their…

Growing Up with Stand-by-me

Jack, Mia and Owen tell their stories of what it’s been like growing up with Stand-by-me, what they are up to now and their hopes for…

The future of Stand-by-me is very bright

After 8 years at the Helm Ian Cotterill is standing down as Chair of Trustees. Here, Ian reflects on how the hard work of our amazing…

Sandra Blacker honoured as a ‘Platinum Champion’

We all know she is something special, but now, Lead Clinical Trustee, Sandra Blacker, has been honoured with the Royal Voluntary Service’s Platinum Award in recognition…

Super Santa run smashes fundraising target

For most of us, the idea of going for a run on a chilly December morning may not feel particularly tempting, But one local Stand-by-me supporter…

Stand-by-me welcomes our first Patron – Billy Byrne

We’re proud to introduce Billy Byrne, star of BBC TV’s DIY SOS to our team As fans of the popular BBC series will know, Billy and…