Saturday, 25 August 2007

The Alder Centre

Hopefully I shall not generally get too serious in this Blog but the death of 11 year old Rhys Jones from gunshot wounds in a Croxteth pub car park last Wednesday still casts a gloomy pall over Merseyside. My friend Julie – an ex-pat living in London – commented “The news from Liverpool is very sad, but I do feel it could have happened anywhere today, unfortunately.” I’m not sure if that makes me feel better or worse.

When our son David died Jo and I were heavily involved in the establishment of the Alder Centre which offers bereavement counselling for anyone affected by the death of a child.

Appointments can be offered at the centre, as a home visit (Liverpool and surrounding areas offered), or alternatively outreach clinics.

The Centre also established a helpline which is now run a s a joint initiative with Great Ormond Street Hospital and is staffed by volunteers, all of them bereaved parents.

Contact Details
Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust Alder HeyEaton RoadL12 2AP
0151 252 5391
9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-4.30pm Friday

0800 282986
7pm-10pm everyday; 10am-1pm Monday-Friday

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