ABOUT ONCE UPON A SMILE
This is a very different kind of blog post to normal but it’s one I have wanted to share for so long (but I never felt I could) about a charity that is very close to my heart Once Upon A Smile and even more so after last night’s Grand Ball and what a success it was.
If you know me personally you will know how passionate I am about helping Once Upon A Smile whether it’s through work or even just donating money when I can. So in this blog I am going to tell you about the incredible work they do and the co-founders are the most humble people you can meet (and that’s just Danny as I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Dan yet!)
Once Upon A Smile also have a mascot called Sidley which the children love.
Once Upon A Smile is a bereavement charity which aims to provide support for families in their time of need. Once Upon A Smile was set up in 2011 by Danny Miller (Emmerdale’s Aaron Dingle) and his friend Daniel Jillings after the passing of Danny’s Emmerdale producer Gavin Blyth in 2011.
Once Upon a Smile pride themselves in providing emotional, practical and financial support to bereaved families. Once Upon A Smile also pride themselves on their ability to tailor support to the needs of each individual family.
Once Upon A Smile rely a lot on donations and fundraising events that they hold and many other people who want to help the charity hold (ALL fundraising events must be registered) to allow them to continue with their incredible and very much needed support for children in their time of need with a range of incredible support groups such as Monthly Groups, 6 Week Bereavement Support Group, Residential Weekends, Snuggles and Smiles for Children aged 2 - 6 years old, One-To-One Support, Drop-in Facilities, Telephone Support and Guidance, Parents Group and Parent Information along with Financial Assistance and Respite Breaks - these groups are vital and very much appreciated by everyone. Once Upon A Smile aim to help from the time they ASK and they don't matter how long soon after or how long the support is needed for. Once Upon A Smile also rely a lot on volunteers to help make the charity a success.
Once Upon A Smile accept referrals and these can come from anyone working with a bereavement family which you think could make use from using this service along with anyone in Education/ Health and Once Upon A Smile also accept self-referral as long as you meet their criteria these forms can be found on there website.
James Bancroft, Richard Davies and Ben Cowgill (Trustees)
Lorna Pitman (Fundraising Manager)
Billy Quarmby (Football Liaison)
Sandra Connolly and Nicola Isherwood (Bereavement Support Worker)
Once Upon A Smile was set up with 3 very simple principles;
1. It has to be long term support,
2. It must be needed, and
3. The families must come first.
Within the first 2 years of Once Upon A Smile, they became known as a national source of support to families throughout the UK.
Once Upon A Smile also fundraise by holding many other events throughout the year including The Smile Mile (which is for schools to do throughout May), Dine Around The Doom (17th May at Intu Trafford Centre), The Midsummer Dream Ladies Night (28th June at The Marquee Room at Bowdon Rugby Club), Chelsea's Ladies Lunch (7th September at The Hilton Deansgate) and Ladies Christmas Lunch (normally happens in December this isn't confirmed but it's based on last year).