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About Us

Our History

The Laura Centre is the sole project of the charity COPE; Gail and Harry Moore founded COPE in 1988 whilst their daughter Laura was in treatment for Leukaemia. COPE’s initial work focused on providing a range of services for children with cancer and their families. This work led directly to the creation of the COPE children’s oncology unit (ward 27) at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, as well as the creation and funding of two children’s community Macmillan nurses and contributing to haematological research. The work initiated by COPE contributed to a significant shift in awareness of families’ needs and most of these services are now funded by the NHS. Gail and Harry went on to start a separate charity that created Rainbows children’s hospice.

Following the sad death of their daughter Laura from Leukaemia, Gail and Harry became acutely aware of the lack of support for families bereaved of a child. This led to them opening The Laura Centre in October 1991 to provide therapeutic support to anyone bereaved of a child or young person. In 1994 our service was extended to include support for children bereaved of a parent or carer.

Our Values

The Laura Centre is a friendly and easily accessible service, providing professional holistic support to bereaved families. A death in the family of a child or parent, is a devastating and traumatic loss. The support we offer recognises the lifelong impact of such a loss and that there are no easy answers. Working together we hope to be able to help each individual find their own way to cope.

We are committed to:

• offering our services in a family orientated, approachable and welcoming environment

• providing free therapeutic support to our clients

• respecting the uniqueness of the experience of bereavement for each individual

• understanding the spiritual, cultural and emotional aspects of bereavement

• continually developing our services in order to respond to the needs of our clients.

Meet The Team

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