Up and down in the Wychwoods

Girls on logSeeSaw is a local charity which provides a grief support service for bereaved children and young people. Each year SeeSaw provides support for around 500 children throughout Oxfordshire following the death of a parent, sibling or other close relative. Fund raising is crucial to this project. We are very fortunate to have 3 enthusiastic supporters living in the Wychwoods. They have been telling us why they got involved, and how they continue to support SeeSaw.

Martin Gibbs: I moved to the Cotswolds in 2000. I didn’t know a soul and wanted to get involved in the local community. I heard about SeeSaw through Rev Mike Williams (founder Trustee of SeeSaw). The more I learnt about the activities of SeeSaw, the more I wanted to get involved in some way. I became a volunteer Ambassador, and help at community fundraising events such as dragon boat races and village fetes. Activities vary from manning a SeeSaw stand at an event, to bucket collections and selling raffle tickets. I attend volunteer ambassador events which gives me an opportunity to hear from some of the young people that SeeSaw has helped over the years, which is truly inspiring.

Caroline Trevers: From the first time I heard about SeeSaw, I was smitten by the work of the charity. What appealed to me was how hands-on it was for the local community of Oxfordshire; I immediately knew I wanted to help but was not sure how. I chatted with Rev Mike Williams and he pointed me in the direction of fundraising. For the past 12 years I have organised and helped SeeSaw with many different events from a fun opera night, a fire walk and Call My Wine Bluff to a bridge drive and black tie events. I am always heartened by the support of the Wychwoods and other local communities for the little charity with a big heart.

Julia Palejowska ACA: I moved to Shipton in 1999. My 3 sons were at Wychwood Primary School, and I became a Governor. Mike Williams was another Governor, and he soon spotted an under-utilised potential Treasurer, and thus I became a very early Trustee of SeeSaw. It was important to establish the financial infrastructure that supports any well managed charity, however small. The founding Trustees were (and still are) all clinical professionals who fully understand how to support children through bereavement, and to ensure that it can always be there in the hour of need for Oxfordshire’s children and young people.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you could help SeeSaw please contact Jane Elliott on 01865 744768 or email: fundraiser@seesaw.org.uk.

June – July 2018