Please continue to follow us on social media and check out our Latest News on our website where we will continue to update you on our exciting year-long plans for celebrating our 10th Birthday which will be punctuated with a celebration ball in the Autumn of 2022.
The work we have achieved has been made possible by the countless and dedicated volunteers, corporate partners, grant funders and individuals in the community who have taken part in annual challenge events, made donations and created amazing fundraisers !! We hope you will continue to follow our progress and keep supporting us so we can continue to support bereaved children and families.
Almost 480 children have been supported over the lifetime of the charity and over 850k has been raised. A recovery grant was received by The Milton Keynes Community Foundation and the board of Trustees voted to change our legal structure to enable growth throughout the next 10 years! We have extended our support service to young adults aged up to 25 years. In September we won an SME GOLD award for Community Business of the Year & our CEO and founder won a SME GOLD award for Lockdown leader.
By the end of 2021 registration figures are expected to rise by 25% and our plans to return to face to face groups and activities will be realised, with the structured Rainbow groups beginning in January 2022.
A range of new services were implemented to support beneficiaries through the pandemic including Therapeutic Mentoring, Buddying and Distanced Activity Support Packs. Rainbow groups were delivered online and wellbeing support was provided to staff and volunteers. A large grant was received from Global's Make Some Noise as well as charity partners Ingram Micro and Rightmove enabling the recruitment of a dedicated Family Liaison Officer.
The annual registration figure doubled, and fundraising reached 500K. Founder Odette reached the finals in the Women Leaders awards, in the Community Impact - Employed category.
With over 200 children registered to date it was necessary to move Rainbow groups to larger premises. The Dragonfly project to renovate the bereavement suite at Milton Keynes Hospital was completed.
Plexus communications became a charity partner and supported a digital transformation to cloud-based solutions, a website re brand and implementation of a database.
Youth groups were launched to support bereaved teenagers, and volunteer Jean Huggan received a BEM for voluntary services to bereavement. Fundraising reached 250k.
A large grant was received from Global's Make Some Noise, to support the costs of the Rainbow Retreat short breaks. The first Skydive fundraiser was a success, and a part time fundraiser was recruited. An Anniversary ball took place to celebrate 5 years of supporting bereaved children, where awards were presented to Champions of Harry's Rainbow.
For the lifetime of the charity, over 100 bereaved children registered to access services and a part time member of staff was recruited to dedicate support to beneficiaries. The Christmas Hamper Appeal was launched and Jessica's Mile rebranded to Jessica's Rainbow Run, with over 200 children taking part.
Charity fundraising reached 100k and a new service was launched to provide memory boxes to bereaved children, in collaboration with The Daniel Estick Trust.
Harry's Rainbow Runners was launched bringing like-minded people together to fundraise and raise awareness. The Rainbow Retreat (8 berth static caravan) was purchased to provide short breaks to families.
Harry's Rainbow held a running event which fundraised for CBUK, Asthma UK and the Milton Keynes Bereavement Service. Jessica's Mile was created by Harry's twin, Jessica to bring the family, friends and community together in Harry's memory. The charity became registered and launched Rainbow Groups to facilitate contact between bereaved children and their families.
After 18 months of varied experiences Harry's family recognised a need for more child centred bereavement support in Milton Keynes and launched a website on 29th October (Jessica and Harry's birthday) to signpost and provide pastoral advice.
In 2009 5-year-old Harry Joseph Mould died suddenly and unexpectedly. His twin sister Jessica and parents Lee and Odette were left devastated with no idea where to turn for help and support.