Stephen Harrison, immediate past chairman and vice president of the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has donated over £10,000 to the chairman’s charity, Grief Encounter. The money, raised by CHSA members and their guests at the association’s gala ball and golf day, will be used to pay for a residential retreat for up to 30 bereaved children. Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.
Stephen Harrison said: “The loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, or close friend is traumatic and can be confusing for young people. Grief Encounter does wonderful work, giving them the support they need at what’s an incredibly difficult time. We are proud to have hit our goal of raising £10,000 for a retreat that gives children the space and support they need. A huge thank you to all our members and their guests at our gala ball and golf day who made it possible for us to hit the target.”
The new chairman of the CHSA, Lorcan Mekitarian, is continuing the link with Grief Encounter, retaining it as the Chairman’s Charity for 2019/2020. He said: “Putting something back is at the heart of the ethos of the CHSA. From our undergraduate bursary for the children of our members’ employees to the money we raise for the chairman’s charity, making a contribution is important to us. We are delighted to have been able to fund the residential retreat and will now talk to Grief Encounter about our target for the next year.”
Photo shows: From left to right: Richard Fogelman (Grief Encounter), Stephen Harrison (CHSA), Lorcan Mekitarian (CHSA), and Louise Scott (Grief Encounter).