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Helping bereaved young people get back on their feet

Our Vision

Our vision

Slide Away’s vision is for every child in Kent to have access to bereavement support which acknowledges their grief and experience of loss following the death of a relative or friend. Slide Away offers support to children and young people in Kent who have been bereaved of a family member or friend and those who have a parent or sibling with a life limiting illness.

Our history

In September 2001, our founder, Denise Ross’ precious son Daniel was killed in a road accident. Denise’s training as an Educational Psychologist had provided her with the theory, but nothing in her life had prepared her for the pain of grief. 


Although facts, figures and statistics all provide evidence for the need to support bereaved children, Slide Away was not founded on the basis of research and statistics, but from the very personal experience of Denise’s family.
Our History


  • Slide Away, to us, has been very supportive, caring and honest.

  • The compassion shown by Slide Away made the whole experience easier to cope with in a very dark and challenging time.

  • The staff that work for Slide Away are amazing and really do understand what young people and families are going through when facing the loss of a loved one.

  • Slide Away really does shine a light of hope for so many young people.

  • My son enjoyed the memory day and made some things that we will treasure forever.

  • Slide Away helped our child to meet other children who have experienced something similar. Until now she didn’t know another child that she could relate to or other children that could relate to her.

  • My child absolutely loved his time with Slide Away. It really helped him and I have noticed a real difference in him.

  • Thank you for all your support so far. It’s a wonderful service and we’re very grateful to you and your team.

  • We were amazed by the level of compassion and kindness shown to us by all the staff - it was truly breathtaking.

  • Before attending Slide Away he didn’t talk about his Dad at all and he wouldn’t share anything about his Dad. A couple of weeks after the session he really started to open up and he has even made a shelf now where people can see things of his Dad’s.

Latest News

Christmas Cards on sale now!


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You can now buy Slide Away Charity Christmas Cards! Choose from one of our own designs or from a selection of hundreds of others. Making a Difference Cards isn't just for Christmas, they offer cards for every other occasion too!

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Thank you Curly's Farm

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During the summer holidays, Slide Away was able to invite a number of families to enjoy one of two free visits to Curly’s Farm thanks to the generosity of the Curly’s Farm team. Outings such as these provide bereaved children and...

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Thank you Tonbridge Rotary

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Over the summer, a small group of children supported by Slide Away were invited by the Rotary Club of Tonbridge to join The Kingfisher Medway Trust for a cruise along the River Medway. Outings such as these provide children and their carers with...

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Thank you Thames View Crematorium

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We would like to thank Thames View Crematorium in Gravesend for its generous donation of £2,087.50 to Slide Away.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

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Grieving for someone who died by suicide can be overwhelming for children and young people. How do they even begin to cope?  This World Suicide Prevention Day we would like to highlight the resources, support and guidance Slide Away offers...

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