Bears of Hope

Money Magazine Australia - - THIS MONTH -

What is it? Bears of Hope pro­vides sup­port and care for fam­i­lies who ex­pe­ri­ence the loss of their baby through mis­car­riage, still­birth or neona­tal or in­fant death. Sadly, in Aus­tralia, 2000 ba­bies are still­born each year and one in four women will ex­pe­ri­ence a mis­car­riage.

Where your money goes: Some of the main ser­vices that Bears of Hope of­fers to par­ents and fam­i­lies who have lost a baby in­clude on­line sup­port groups; fa­cil­i­tat­ing face-to­face sup­port groups; of­fer­ing hos­pi­tal and home vis­its by Bears of Hope mem­bers and coun­sel­lors as well as pro­vid­ing phone and email sup­port. The char­ity also of­fers a ser­vice that puts fam­i­lies in con­tact with other fam­i­lies who have ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar loss.

How to do­nate: You can do­nate, make a one-off do­na­tion or ar­range an on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tion on­line at bear­ or call 1300 11 BEAR (2327) for de­tails. You can also do­nate a “Bear of Hope” to a newly be­reaved fam­ily.

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