• Help us make memories by running a mile

    This New Year, Team Flamingo will be doing a Thirteen-a-thon, 13 fundraising challenges for 2013.

    And, it’s just one month to our very first event - a 31 mile 'Memory Marathon'.

    On Sunday, 3rd February we're calling on our supporters to get active and head out for a run, either alongside us in Bristol or virtually wherever you are in the world, to fund our Memory Project.

    The aim is to buy 250 memory jars for children's counselling centres to help them work through bereavement. The jars are filled with coloured salts and act as reminders of loved ones. They cost just £2 each and are a wonderful tool in the counselling youngsters receive when a parent or sibling, has died.

    It's an interactive, soothing and warming creative activity for the children. They are given a glass jar, salt and coloured chalks and mix up the chalk and salts in different colours. As they do it they think about the special person and assign each colour a memory. These are all written down as a key to the memory jar, so the yellow might be the memory of a day at the beach with dad, or going to the football could be green.

    The coloured salt is poured in the jar at different angles to create a rainbow of happy times that remind the youngsters of what they shared with their relative. It can then be used in future to help them talk about their feelings and work through the loss with their counsellor and family.

    You can get involved in our Memory Project by running with us on February 3rd, starting at 8am. We'll be doing a 31 mile loop around key landmarks in Bristol, including the SS Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge. If you're elsewhere in the world do your run virtually and send us a pic! You can do as few or as many miles as you like. Or you can come and cheer us on (please bring water, jelly babies and clear skies!)

    Alternatively, you can buy a memory jar online for just £2 - visit www.flamingofoundation.org/memoryproject.

    Jars will be going to the Rainbow Centre - www.rainbowcentre.org.uk to help youngsters there understand their feelings and cope with loss.

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