Boy raises money for centre that helped him recover from death of grandma

FAMILY FUNDRAISERS -- from left, the six youngsters, Kenny, Alex, Daisy, Logan and Demi, plus Bradley (front). (PHOTO BY: Sarah Washbourn)
FAMILY FUNDRAISERS -- from left, the six youngsters, Kenny, Alex, Daisy, Logan and Demi, plus Bradley (front). (PHOTO BY: Sarah Washbourn)

A boy from Sutton has raised more than £1,000 for a centre that helped him overcome severe grief after the death of his beloved grandmother.

Kenny Stevenson, 11, of Charles Street, struggled to cope with the loss of grandma Veronica Stevenson. But he was transformed by a spell at the Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark, which offers specialised support and guidance for youngsters. And to show his gratitude, with the help of his 11-year-old cousin Demi Richardson, of Chaucer Crescent, Sutton, he organised fundraising activities and events for the unique centre.

The pair were joined by their nine-year-old cousin Logan Dutton, Kenny’s eight-year-old brother Alex and two-year-old sister Daisy, plus Demi’s five-year-old brother Bradley. They held two garden parties, a six-hour trampoline bounce, a tombola and barbecue and, through sponsorship, they raised a staggering total of £851.48, which has now swelled to four figures.

“We are very proud of them all,” said Kenny’s mum, Tracey. “The centre is an amazing charity, which relies on fundraising and donations. A huge thankyou to everyone who has supported these youngsters.”

Demi’s mum, Samantha, explained that Kenny, who goes to Hillocks Primary School, was “grieving terribly” after his grandma’s death. “He had counselling but nothing worked until we found out about the centre, where he received one-to-one sessions and attended a two-day bereavement camp. He came back a different boy.”