Children in Need 2018 features ‘Sam’s Story’

Wednesday 05 December 2018

On Friday 16 November, during Children’s Grief Awareness Week, the 39th Children in Need appeal show was aired, which was broadcast live on BBC One in the evening.  One of the films shown in the appeal show featured a family who used the Children’s Bereavement Service at The Shakespeare Hospice and was called, ‘Sam’s Story’.

In fact, the film also featured in ‘Children in Need Rocks’ which was recorded at Wembley’s SSE Arena and featured acts including Rod Stewart and Rita Ora and was aired the previous evening on Thursday 15 November.

We were so privileged to have this film made by Children in Need and have it aired twice during prime-time evening viewing.  We are truly grateful to Sam, Beth and Tom for helping raise so much awareness of our Young People’s Bereavement Service. 

Please click on the link below to watch Sam’s Story (approximately 4 minutes long). You can read a short summary of the film below.  You may recognise Sam, who also featured alongside other children in a film called ‘Our Story’ made about the Children’s Bereavement Service in 2017 and has been nominated in the 2018 Charity Film Awards (which you can find out more about by clicking here).



About Sam’s Story (taken from Children in Need Facebook post on 15th November)

Sam is ten and his brother Tom is eight. The brothers absolutely love football, just like their dad, Duncan.

When Sam was five, his dad went to play football one evening as he did every week. Duncan, who was only 39, collapsed whilst playing and was rushed to hospital. Soon after, doctors discovered an undiagnosed critical heart condition. Sam’s mum, Beth, was told that Duncan wouldn’t survive the night.

“At the hospital, I remember walking into the room and just seeing a mass of people because so many people had been trying to help him. I remember thinking, how do you tell a three and five year old that their daddy has died? I sat through the night just thinking about what am I going to tell them?”

After Duncan’s death, Beth and the boys tried to cope for a long time but Sam struggled to come to terms with the loss of his father.

Two years ago, Beth found The Shakespeare Hospice, which has supported both Sam and his family in their grieving for Duncan.

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