Jo - 15th Jul 2014

Being involved with the charity on a volunteer basis and then as an employee I have always known just how important it was keeping families together at such a traumatic time. Together really does mean better. What I struggled to get my head around was, other than providing a room, exactly how did we make a difference especially when it ended in sadness.... On July 22, 2013 I attended the funeral of Leah, a wonderful and inspirational teenage girl who had gained her angel wings. It was a beautiful ceremony and we were made very welcome by her family, I was truly honoured when chatting with Leahs mum, Jane, she introduced us to family and friends, as part of her family.... Afterwards, over refreshments they showed a film of all Leah's 'special' moments, the everyday stuff that helped her get through the tough days and there 'we' were, Manchester House. We were mixed in between pictures of days out with family, special events they had put on for Leah, snuggles with her little brother, giggles with her sister and brother, meeting Olly Murs and her last ever day out with her wonderful mum and 'us'..... Suddenly everything slotted in to place...we really do make a difference to the whole family, no matter how the story ends <3