A HUDDERSFIELD charity which helps families cope with bereavement has been saved from closure.
The Kate and Daniel Trust, based at New North Road, was suffering from lack of cash - but it has now received a £5,000 windfall from the Lloyds TSB Foundation.
The grant has ensured the charity will continue helping families affected by the death of a child.
Lynne Burns, Kate and Daniel Trust project co-ordinator, said: "The Lloyds TSB Foundation's contribution has been the difference between continuing our project and seeing it have to close due to a lack of funds."
The funding - added to money received by the trust in 2004 from the Big Lottery Fund - will also allow the charity to increase the number of counselling hours at Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
Mrs Burns said: "We have put most of our efforts into getting the Huddersfield counselling services up and running and Dewsbury has been the `poor relation'.
"We are delighted to extend the support we provide to bereaved parents in the Dewsbury area."
She added that the trust was grateful to the Dewsbury District Women's Health Group for providing the space for counselling at its Wellington Street base.
The Kate and Daniel Trust was set up after the tragic deaths of two young people. Kate Noel, aged 23, was killed in a road accident in Huddersfield in 1995. The grief at losing his cousin led to Daniel Webb, also 23, taking his own life three months later.
Their families found information and support for dealing with child loss was not easily available. So they created the trust, which offers free help from trained specialist counsellors. It became a registered charity in November, 1998.
Many users of the service say counsellors help because they are separate from the family and therefore find it easier to listen impartially.
They also offer a confidential service.
Despite the cash boosts, the trust still needs to raise another £15,500 between now and next December to cover the costs of its services.
To offer assistance, or if you need help from the trust, phone 01484 530941.
CHRISTINE Sykes, of Dewsbury, lost her 17-year-old daughter, Lindsay, in a car crash in February 2001.
Lindsay, a sixth-form student at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Dewsbury, was travelling home from her part-time job when a drunk driver, using an unroadworthy vehicle, ploughed into the taxi she was in and killed her immediately.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
But for Christine, her husband, Chris, and younger daughter Joanne, now 19, the tragedy has brought a life sentence.
They have been learning to cope with Lindsay's death with help from the Kate and Daniel Trust.
Christine is now a member of the charity's board of trustees.
She told the Examiner of her experiences with the trust.
She said: "It is beyond imagination to consider how life might feel without one of our beloved children.
"I have to live it and bear it. It is not a case of feeling better, just getting through. Thankfully I have a living daughter who I am glad of beyond words.
"I knew of the trust before Lindsay's death and I admired the wonderful service. I never thought I would be involved as a bereaved mother.
"I had regular sessions with a counsellor from the trust. People may be asking, what benefit could a counsellor be? Isn't it enough to have a loving supportive family?
"To have a counsellor, someone separate from family and friends, has been invaluable.
"A counsellor there specifically for bereaved parents is able to accept the horror of the change in my life without offering platitudes or false comfort.
"Everyone in our family has been damaged by the death of Lindsay."
Christine added: "I have not wanted to add to my family's grief with my own. I think fondly of the time my counsellor and myself spent together, helping me look at my life and manage what is left.
"It is something only someone in a position like myself can appreciate.
"I am very privileged to be involved with the Kate and Daniel Trust. As with anything connected with Lindsay's death it is a bittersweet mix of emotions.
"I hope if there is any way you are able to support the valuable work of the Kate and Daniel Trust, you might consider it."