A CHARITY that supports those who have lost a loved-one will hold their first-ever Snowdrop Walk in Scotland this week.

Child Bereavement UK will be offering support during the walk at Kelvingrove Park on Sunday.

Similar events are held across the UK during the month of February - but the Glasgow walk will be a first in Scotland.

The special walk allows families supported by Child Bereavement UK to plant snowdrops in memory of someone who has died.

Derek Kirkaldy, Regional Fundraiser for Child Bereavement UK, said: “We are delighted to be holding our first Child Bereavement UK Snowdrop Walk in Scotland.

“We hope it will be the first of many!

“This special event is open to anyone who would like to come along to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park and remember someone important to them.”

In Glasgow, Child Bereavement UK has a service that offers face-to-face support for bereaved children and young people up to the age of 25 and their families.

The organisation also supports children and young people when someone significant in their life is not expected to live.

In addition, Child Bereavement UK has been commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with funding from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, to provide bereavement support for families bereaved of a baby or child.

The services are provided free of charge and are offered by trained bereavement support practitioners.

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Samantha and Andy Maclean were supported by Child Bereavement UK after their daughter Ellie was stillborn at 31 weeks.

Andy, from Kirkintilloch, said: "Before we came, we just kept it all in, there was no one we could speak to.

"After a few sessions, we felt less tired and agitated.

"It all drains away. because you’ve spoken about it and you’ve made your feelings clear.

"You feel like you’re moving forward with life, speaking more and reaching out for the help that you need, instead of bottling it up. "It makes a big difference.”

On the day, individual snowdrops will be available to purchase, and staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with planting.

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The event is free and donations are welcome.

It will run from 11 am to 2 pm. The last entry is at 1.30 pm.

For bereavement support and information call 0141 352 9995.