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Jenson’s Twinkle Stars is a non profit children’s bereavement charity in the North West of England in memory of baby boy Jenson Rigby who was sadly stillborn on the 16th December 2011 at 36weeks.

Jenson’s Twinkle Stars has been running since 2013providing support to bereaved children and their families following the devastating loss of a loved one including siblings who have died from pregnancy or neo-natal aswell as supporting them through theirjourney of grief from any relative including parents & grandparents.

We provide support to families through our support group S.T.A.R.S which stands for SUPPORT, THERAPY, ACTIVITIES, RESPITE = SMILES This is run through a local children’s charity centre by our volunteers who give their time freely to support & engage with families going through bereavement. At S.T.A.R.S this gives the opportunity for children to come together in a safe & welcoming environment with no judgement. They can freely speak about their loved one and create keepsakes and memories through the activities we put together in a session. The children we have supported so far have grown with the group, made new friends & it has given children the mindset & understanding of knowing they are not alone!

Children who attend our group learn about their own emotions & how grief can be different for each person through bereavement activities and resources; it has allowed them to express their grief in a FUN & MEMORABLE WAY!

Along with the children’s group we provide day trips, parties & residential trips for children as an individual and as a family. These trips have included cinema trips, farm day trips, theme parks & we are due to go on our first residential in the autumn half term to the lake district where children and their families will enjoy a weekend camping filled with lots of outdoor activities.

We also provide a “Twinkle Box” which is a keepsake box for bereaved children which is put together by our volunteers and distributed to a child/children that have recently lost a loved one. Inside the box items include: A plush elephant teddy, notepad andpen/pencil, forget-me-not seedlings with everything they need to plant their seeds with, a memorial candle, a photo frame, a bereavement storybook & a heart in the hand keyring which allows them to share a connection with their loved one through a heart andkeyring; along with information to our children’s group & our resources such as activities they can do at home.

Even though we state that Jenson’s Twinkle Stars is a children’s bereavement charity it has become a safe & supportive network for mums, dads & caregivers. Friendships have been formed and continue to grow each day while supporting one another through ourjourney of grief but while taking home the knowledge & confidence that we are helping our children along the way through our families journey of heartbreak.

Here is the nomination we received from one of our mums who attends our group with her daughter:
” I wanted to nominate Jenson’s Twinkle Stars for UK Support Organisation. Jenson’s is a registered charity set up by Kelly Wellens following the loss of her son Jenson Rigby. The charity provide keepsakes and memory boxes but also organise funded family days out and hold a monthly support session where we discuss and explore bereavement and grief through arts and crafts and play. To me, personally, Jenson’s has given me a safe space where I can talk about my son and I have made friends with other mums just like me. My daughter is 2 and doesn’t yet understand about her big brother who died but Jenson’s has given me the confidence I need to address and cope with the bereavement and grief that exists every day within our family. “
 

All our volunteers have worked tirelessly over the years through fundraising including Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Marathons, Family fun days and the list goes on to provide all of these services for FREE to the children and families of JTS. We thank all of oursupporters, donators, runners and sponsors for all your support over the years we could not do what we do without you!

Story about Jenson’s Twinkle Stars

Founder Kelly Wellens sadly lost her beautiful baby boy Jenson at 36 weeks; he was born asleep on the 16th December 2011 and it was devastating as it was only confirmed throughout the labour he had died; so now mum was to spend a total of 46 hours at the hospital with him saying goodbye and then saying goodbye for the last time on the 3rd of January 2012. At the time of Jenson; Jayden (Jenson’s older brother age 3) was struggling with the death of his little brother and the change within his mum. He was struggling at school because of the grief he was going through and mum decided to seek help for her son. The GP told her that children deal with it in their own way and he is young so he’ll be okay and we only intervene when they are 8 years old. Since doing her own research she found that this was true and that the nearest help was not in their borough; so even if they had applied for help elsewhere they would of been turned away because of the postcode. This is when Jenson’s Twinkle Stars was born as she realised that they was not the only family to be going through a bereavement and that the services for young children dealing with a bereavement lacked in their area.

Since JTS was born Jayden has come on leaps and bounds and he himself already helps other children who come to the group by talking to them and making sure they are not alone! 5 years has gone by and WOW! The experiences, the friendships, the support, the memories have been unreal; we can’t begin to explain how much this charity is needed and how much it is already helping local children and families.

The BIG aim for Jenson’s Twinkle Stars is to establish a children’s bereavement centre in Merseyside that provides support 7 days a week to children of ALL ages for however long they need it for. The centre will provide counselling for children and families along with activity bases, youth club and educational courses around bereavement for parents and caregivers and professionals.

Since the start of Jenson’s Twinkle Stars Kelly has educated herself along with gaining qualifications as a counsellor and is soon to be graduating. This has helped the families that we support on a daily basis through social media and face to face as having the background of a bereaved mother but also the skills of listening has provided families with the balance of friendship and professionalism.

Kelly: I would not be where i am today or the person i am today if it wasn’t for my beautiful baby boy Jenson. He has taught me to grab life full force and go for what you believe in and what your heart desires. I am very proud of how far JTS has come over the years and i am grateful for all the help we receive. It has helped my little boy grow to be compassionate and empathic towards others and has taught him a lot. I am very proud of all my boys and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the charity! This is a legacy for my son Jenson; i can speak his name & his name gets spoken through the charity his name is known and his story is told; that’s all a mother could ask for is for her child to never be forgotten!”

We hope you see the vision that we see & how we strive to bring communities & families together to help with their own journey of grief & support us by voting for this year’s award.

Thank you for taking the time to read all about us & we thank you in advance for your vote too.
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What others have said:

I wanted to nominate Jenson’s Twinkle Stars for UK Support Organisation. The charity provide keepsakes and memory boxes but also organise funded family days out and hold a monthly support session where we discuss and explore bereavement and grief through arts and crafts and play. To me, personally, Jenson’s has given me a safe space where I can talk about my son and I have made friends with other mums just like me. My daughter is 2 and doesn’t yet understand about her big brother who died but Jenson’s has given me the confidence I need to address and cope with the bereavement and grief that exists every day within our family.

What Other’s Have Said

“I wanted to nominate Jenson’s Twinkle Stars for UK Support Organisation. The charity provide keepsakes and memory boxes but also organise funded family days out and hold a monthly support session where we discuss and explore bereavement and grief through arts and crafts and play. To me, personally, Jenson’s has given me a safe space where I can talk about my son and I have made friends with other mums just like me. My daughter is 2 and doesn’t yet understand about her big brother who died but Jenson’s has given me the confidence I need to address and cope with the bereavement and grief that exists every day within our family.”