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[p][i]CONTACT: RochelleandAlanBernardFund@gmail.com[/i] [/p][p][b]Having lost our parents in unthinkable circumstances, we want to help support other young people with similar stories.[/b][/p][p]10 years have passed since our parents were run over and killed by a drunk driver in Sandbanks. Our very close family was torn apart in the space of one evening and our lives were turned completely upside down. Losing our parents so early and the unconditional love they always gave us created a huge hole in our lives, and it has been a very difficult and gradual process trying to recover.[/p][p]As devastating as this has been for us, we have always felt extremely lucky to have each other and we have grown closer trying to fill the void for one another whenever possible. We have also been very fortunate to have the support of our incredible family and friends and we can only imagine how much more difficult it would have been without them. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have the support network we had and we want to try and help these people in some way. That is why we have set up [b][i]The Rochelle & Alan Bernard Fund[/i][/b], which will be used to provide financial support to young people who have lost their parents. Together with [i]Norwood Charity[/i], we will be looking at the specific circumstances of young people experiencing parental loss. We will work hard to support them with the money from the fund combined with our own personal experiences and efforts to help them navigate the difficult journey they are facing.[/p][p]Losing a parent or parents can have a huge range of impacts on a young person’s life, and our goal is to support them in whichever way is best to address their specific needs. It could be anything from financial support for funeral arrangements, to the provision of professional advice or counselling. Some people may need short term assistance with rent or mortgage payments and for some people it might be long term support with education or career opportunities. It could even be something as simple as paying for a holiday. We will be working closely with [i]Norwood[/i] to find and understand individual cases, ensuring the money goes to those most in need of our help.[/p][p]To kickstart the fund, in September, we will be undertaking a sponsored walk from Bournemouth to London over the course of 5 days. Starting in Sandbanks where our parents were tragically killed, we will complete the journey at our Grandpa’s in Gerrards Cross - a place full of so many special family memories. The total distance is 105 miles and equates to an average of almost one marathon per day! Please find below our itinerary and if you fancy joining us, whether it’s for one mile or 10, we would love to see you there and maybe share stories about Mum and Dad. Our parents never made the journey back from Bournemouth to London and we hope this will be a fitting tribute to them both.[/p][p]Please support us by donating to [b][i]The Rochelle & Alan Bernard Fund[/i][/b] and help us to support young people who are far less fortunate than we were. In addition to this, if you are able to share our message with anyone who can help us reach our target we would greatly appreciate it.[/p][p]Thank you so much,[/p][p][i]James, Robbie & Natasha Bernard[/i][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DrFa2ihsNdg?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]We have been so touched by the number of people wanting to join our walk to support us and really appreciate it. However, due to the new restrictions being introduced we have had to carefully control the number of walkers on each leg during this challenge and we are now at capacity for all days.[/p][p]The finish line for us at our Grandparents home was planned as a Thank You event to all who have supported us. Government restrictions now make this gathering impossible and it is with regret that we have had to cancel this event. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank anyone who has supported us and look forward to updating you about our partnership with Norwood and the progress of The Rochelle & Alan Bernard Fund.[/p][p]Thank You.[/p][p][i]James, Robbie & Natasha Bernard[/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]CONTACT: RochelleandAlanBernardFund@gmail.com[/b][/p]
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