We hope that you are all staying safe, we wanted to let you know how the current situation is affecting the services that we offer.
Bodie’s Bereavement Service
During this time we will be conducting all of our support via the phone and video calls. If you are a newly bereaved family or a practitioner wishing to refer a family please complete the referral form below and we will contact you regarding the support we can currently offer. If you are a bereaved parent who lives outside of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland please see details of other organisations who can help below.
Our Vision is to give HOPE to families bereaved of a child by providing a range of services that support grieving families and encourage them to rebuild and remember.
Bodie’s Virtual Santa Fun Run 2020
Our Virtual Santa Fun Run, your way!
Sadly, Covid-19 restrictions have cancelled our event at Leicester Racecourse, but we really hope you will still participate and get well and truly in the Christmas spirit with us here at the Bodie Hodges Foundation on Sunday 13th December 2020.
We have a limited amount of Santa suits available, so book quickly to avoid disappointment!
Your Virtual Santa Fun Run can be completed in any location you choose. You can run, jog, walk, use a wheelchair, or push a buggy – whatever you choose and however you choose to take part, with a recommended distance of either 1k, 3k or 5k.
At 12.45pm, we will stream a warm-up event on our Facebook page for you to take part in before you start. We would love you to join in with us on this day and share lots of photo’s on social media. However, you can of course, choose to take part on any day in December that is more convenient for you. For every participant aged 3 years and over, we will post out a Santa Suit to run in and a medal to celebrate your achievement or alternatively, you may collect this.
Major Investment allows plans for growth to fast forward 5 years
The Bodie Hodges Foundation, based in Blaby, Leicestershire, have received an unexpected boost of optimism following numerous meetings with local businessman, Anthony Clark. The result of these conversations will be game-changing for the charity, with the purchase of a building that will become ‘The Bodie Hodges Centre’ and all core costs to be covered for the next three years.
Anthony Clark, who is currently in the process of setting up a Charitable Trust to support carefully selected charities across the Midlands, says; “It’s our pleasure to help such a brilliant cause. No family should have to go through the death of a child, and Nick and Donna should be proud of how many families they have already supported through such difficult times. I know that I speak on behalf of everyone in my team to say we feel privileged to support the Bodie Hodges Foundation and, although I know our involvement can’t take the pain away, I am thankful that we can help with the healing process in some small way’.
Having approached Nick and Donna Hodges directly (Bodie’s parents and founders of the charity), Anthony and his team spoke with them on several occasions to gain a better understanding of the charity’s vital work and their plans to assist even more families going through the grieving process following the death of a child.
Encouraged to talk openly about their plans for the future, Nick and Donna highlighted the desperate need for a building to offer early emotional therapeutic support, alternative therapies, and groups for children and young people as well as families all under one roof. The ideal building would be a safe place where bereaved families could meet and talk about their loved ones with others who would understand the grief. Nick and Donna also highlighted that salaries are rarely funded by government grants or bid support, and their dream for the next few years was to expand Bodie’s Bereavement Service team, also adding fundraising and administrative support.
After what must have felt like several long weeks of waiting for Nick and Donna, Anthony was pleased to confirm that their requests had been carefully considered and the wish list of a new building and team salaries were to be granted.
The Bodie Hodges Foundation was set up by Nick and Donna Hodges after their own son, Bodie, died at 10 months old. The Foundation relies heavily on charitable donations to support their work. Although they have not been able to offer all services as usual during the current pandemic, they have noticed that lockdown has created an increased level of anxiety among grieving families and that their charity work was as vital as ever.
The generous donation from Anthony will make a significant difference to the charity’s plans for the future and propels them forward in their plans by a number of years. Nick Hodges, says;
‘The financial support that we have been given by Anthony and the team is a complete game changer for us a charity and has moved us forward 5 years with our vision of support for families bereaved of a child in the East Midlands.
The building is a dream come true and will enable us to develop existing services and put into action our longer-term plans of support for families. We are now able to expand our team, knowing our core costs are covered and it will enable us to focus all of our future fundraising purely on funding the services we provide.
Donna Hodges added;
We will never be able to thank Anthony enough for the support he has offered and belief he has shown in us. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship that will help make a big difference to the families that we support’.
Please note that Anthony and his team are not currently accepting any unsolicited requests for funding at this time.
Wooden Spoon Emergency Funding
We are delighted to have received £2000 emergency funding to support our bereaved siblings during these difficult times. The funding will pay for 3 bereavement session for each child with a care package to support these sessions and make them creative and fun. The funding is also supporting a 12 week block of Relax Kids sessions which are virtual relaxation workshops. It is great for us to receive support at this time when funding bids are closed and our events are cancelled.
Together in Grief
There is a virtual support session available for parents of a bereaved child in Leicestershire & Rutland.
Contact Nicola at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07483 347008 to regsiter your interest.
Nobody should feel alone in their grief
Belfry Golf Day – New Date Confirmed
Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Golf Day at The Belfry that was due to place in July. Whilst this is very disappointing we have moved quickly to secure a new day for 2021. We are therefore delighted to announce that the new date for the Bodie Hodges Golf Day at the world famous Brabazon Course at The Belfry is Thursday 29th July 2021. If you would like more information or would like to book a team, please contact
Charity Of The Year
2020 is the perfect time to think about making us your Charity of Year. We work closely with many businesses of many sizes. We love to welcome new businesses to Team Bodie who share our values and we promise that you will also benefit from offering your support to us. We work in different ways with different businesses. Some offer us services and others take on exciting fundraising challenges to support the work that we do.