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Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford opens Yo-Yo Gallery

Thursday 11th August

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On Wednesday 10 August, we were visited by the Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Sue Dobson, and her Consort, Keith Dobson, who officially opened the gallery of artwork created through our Yo-Yo Project.

People from left to right: Maddie Parkin, Sandra O’Sullivan, Mark Cobbin, Cllr Sue Dobson, Keith Dobson & Ruth Felgate

Yo-Yo is a community bereavement service run by Farleigh for children and young people aged 4 to 18. We organised several art groups at the start of the summer where they had great fun using spray paint to create images based on the theme of ‘identity’.

Alongside the display of their pictures are messages from some of them who have accessed support from the Yo-Yo Project, reflecting their experiences of their sessions with us.

Councillor Dobson said, “I have very much enjoyed visiting the gallery and I am impressed with the Yo-Yo Project. Coping with bereavement is very difficult - particularly for children when they lose someone close to them – so it is great that they have this outlet that helps them come to terms with their loss.”

Mark Cobbin, Head of Bereavement, added, “It was a pleasure to host the Deputy Mayor and her husband as they joined us, along with families supported by the Yo-Yo Project, for the opening of the gallery space. After taking a tour of the gallery and the wonderful pictures, they joined the team for tea and cake.”

Farleigh Hospice is very grateful to Asda Foundation who kindly provided a grant for the art materials and to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford for supporting Farleigh as one of their Charities of the Year.