The Kay Smith Counsellor continues to support children coping with bereavement

The Kay Smith Tribute fund has already been a generous supporter of Alice House Hospice’s Children’s Bereavement Service for many years.

In 2012 the Trustees amazed the charity by pledging to fund a five-year post for a Children’s Counsellor, to be known as the Kay Smith Counsellor in memory and tribute to Kay Smith who sadly died in 2006.

This was a massive undertaking especially in these difficult financial times and the Kay Smith Trustees worked tirelessly to reach their generous financial goals for this five year period.   

Angela Conner

Angela Conner – time to say goodbye and thank you.

Jan Grocott, Head of Counselling & Support Services at Alice House said, “The Kay Smith Counsellor, Angela Connor has been in post now for nearly 7 years and has made a difference to so many children’s lives by helping them to understand and manage the often complex array of feelings and emotions that accompany a child’s bereavement.  

Life, however is always full of changes and sadly for us, Angela decided that it was time to move on from her role here at Alice House and we wish her the best of luck in her future whatever she decides to do.”


“We are very pleased to be able to announce though, that we have now recruited a children’s counsellor who will step into the role of the Kay Smith Counsellor and carry this fantastic service forward.

Jo Radcliffe, new Kay Smith Counsellor

“Jo Radcliffe was initially a volunteer at Alice House when she completed her student placement here in 2012.     She has a vast amount of experience in working with children and their families and also working with grief and loss.    Jo is very much looking forward to re-joining our team here, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her back and introducing her to the trustees of the Kay Smith Fund.”

“We are very grateful for the continuing generosity and friendship of the The Kay Smith Trustees who still continue to support this much needed counselling post. Tracey Cafferkey, Kay Smith’s sister and one of the Trustees of the Kay Smith Fund,   called in to Alice House recently with another generous donation of £895 which had been collected at the recent funeral of Tracey’s aunt, Ellen Moore.”

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