Fundraiser of the month: Sarah Jane

To celebrate the amazing fundraisers who donate to us every year, we're shining the spotlight on each and every one of them and this month we have Sarah Jane Ashcroft.

Five years ago, Sarah Jane and family come up with the idea of wearing turquoise and purple in memory of her daughter Bobbie.

Since then she has combined to the two colours and created ‘Purquoise’, an annual awareness day on 22 October to remember young lives lost.

This awareness idea has then developed into a festival and in July this year she hosted the Festival of Creative Arts with craft stalls and an art auction with over 100 pieces. The proceeds of this event were given to our organisation.

Over the last few years Sarah Jane has raised over £5,600 for our charity and to say thank you we thought October – the month of Purquoise just seemed right for her to be Fundraiser of the month.

Sarah Jane hopes by sharing Purquoise, it can also focus on grief with friends. Losing a friend very young can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and they may feel like they have no one to turn to.

Understandably, a lot of focus goes to the immediate family, but she hopes that Purquoise can raise awareness to young people who may have lost a friend that feel they need support.

It’s a life event that they are not prepared for and hopes a form of support can help them accept and manage better.

Her son Graham is also taking on his own challenge this year to mark Purquoise on the 20 October. Graham Ashcroft will be shaving his head in aid of our organisation and to raise awareness of young people’s grief.

If you would like to hear more and donate to his page, click here.

You can also learn more about Purquoise and what events they have planned across the year by visiting their page at purquoise.uk.

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