Group helps smash fundraising goal


Whitehouse Funeral Service in Darlington has been inspired by the community spirit of its Sharing Together community group as it raised funds in memory of a local girl.

Not even COVID-19 could stop fundraising for the Rollercoaster Group in memory of Emily Moore, a thoughtful and kind girl who had battled with mental health issues for four years before she finally found her peace aged just 18 years.

Emily’s Gift was set up in conjunction with the Rollercoaster Support Group, which has helped so many families in a similar situation.

Emily’s parents, Susan and David Moore, also organised an event in Emily’s memory to distribute “Distraction Boxes” to young people who struggle at times.

The Sharing Together group set up online raffles and games, plus deliveries of Christmas cakes and afternoon teas, and smashed the target of £1,000, raising more than £2,200.

Julie Whitehouse, from Whitehouse Funeral Service, said: “We were delighted with the Sharing Together Community Group, and their success in raising such an incredible amount in such difficult times.

“Support for teenage mental health has never been more important. Charities that are committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people play a vital role and we feel honoured to have helped such a worthy cause.

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