SHINE is your chance to remember those you have loved and lost whilst at the same time helping others to flourish.

SHINE lets their memory live on and helps raise valuable funding to support the development of Listening Ear’s services.



Listening Ear is a successful partnership between our board, our staff, our volunteers, those who contract for our services, those who use them and those who support us with grants and fundraising.

If you are a company and are able to sponsor our work, please take a look at how you can help.

Our development as a charity and growing social enterprise means we can support more children, young people and adults during some of the most difficult times of their lives. When you support us with a donation, sponsorship or fundraising, it means we can deliver more free services for those who are most in need in our communities.

  • Mark, who is a war veteran. His anger issues led to him to seriously assaulting his father and eventually almost cost him his job. Through Listening Ear’s VIDA occupational health counselling service, Mark accessed support and now describes himself as ‘a different person’.
  • Heidi, whose son Stefan took his own life aged 21, whilst studying at University. Listening Ear’s AMPARO service provided practical and emotional support to Heidi within 24 hrs of referral. Heidi is a passionate campaigner for student mental health. You can watch the BBC 3 documentary ‘Death on Campus: Our Stories’ featuring Heidi’s story here.

If you have been bereaved, or suffered loss or separation, you will know that there are very few services for adults or for children that offer therapeutic support. In most cases it’s left to charities like Listening Ear to try to ensure that people can access the support they need at this difficult time.

Please give what you can and help us to make our bereavement counselling services more accessible to those who need our help. We welcome one-off donations through SHINE, or if you are able to make a monthly donation (however large or small) it helps us plan the development of our services.

Thank you.

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We’re incredibly grateful for the fundraising that people and organisations have done on behalf of Listening Ear. If you would like to find out how you can help, or if you have ideas for fundraising for us, please get in touch. We can offer support to help you with your fundraising, and we’d love to hear from you!

You can easily set up your own Fundraising Page for Listening Ear or one of our projects through SHINE and then invite your friends, family and colleagues to get involved and support you. You can track how much money you have raised and keep people updated on your progress. Creating your Fundraising Page is really simple. Just choose a name for your page and add a message explaining why you think this work is important and why you’re supporting it.

Thank you for thinking of Listening Ear and supporting our work in this way.

A wide range of local businesses have supported their employees to volunteer their time in order to make amazing things happen for Listening Ear and our beneficiaries.

Santander staff from across Merseyside completely redecorated the interior of our children and young people’s therapy centre at 174 Dragon Lane, Whiston, and helped clear our allotment site at Halsnead School.

Barclays staff have bought the food and selection boxes for our Children’s Christmas Party for many years, and have also created a memory garden at Listening Ear Halewood. This is a beautiful, reflective space for those attending counselling to sit-in and enjoy.

Staff from Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood worked on our garden at Listening Ear. They not only cleared away all the rubbish, cut back the ivy, laid a new stone path and stained the pergola, but also installed new gates. Undergraduates from JLR Halewood also took part in a team building exercise and built four bikes which they donated to Listening Ear’s Butterflies project.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our corporate partners and volunteers.

If your company would like to volunteer for a Listening Ear event, please submit your details here.

Listening Ear knows the importance of treasuring fond memories and celebrating the lives of those we have loved the most and lost. It’s an essential part of our therapeutic journey.

Through SHINE, you can choose to support the work of Listening Ear in memory of your loved one. You can make a one-off donation, set up a direct debit, give in lieu of funeral flowers, donate the proceeds of your fundraising efforts or set-up your own fundraising page in remembrance of a special person.

Our Supporters

We couldn’t do our work without the support we receive from people who have used our services and from the many independent trusts and foundations that have supported us since we were established.

Many individuals support our work through one-off or regular donations, or by undertaking sponsored activities in aid of Listening Ear. If you would like to help, please contact us.

We are grateful to the following individuals or organisations that currently support our work:

Knowsley Borough Council has contracted with Listening Ear since 2008-09 and currently funds our adult counselling service and our therapeutic work to support Children and Young People who have experienced Domestic Abuse, Bereavement & Loss or who are receiving support in the care system.

Liverpool City Council contracts with us to provide occupational health counselling services.

Sefton Council contracts with us to provide occupational health counselling services.

Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group funds our adult counselling service in the borough.

Liverpool Mutual Homes contracts with us to provide occupational health counselling services.

Brightlife funds our adult counselling service working with men over 50, and our 1 to 1 listening service and Friendship After Bereavement Group for men and women over 50, in the Cheshire West and Chester area.

The PH Holt Foundation has provided funding to support the development of training for specialist Children & Young People’s Counsellors in Merseyside.

Employees of Knowsley Housing Trust kindly donated £500 to support our general counselling work.

Children in Need are supporting us to provide counselling to children and young people experiencing bereavement and loss.

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has provided funding to support the development of training for specialist Children & Young People’s Counsellors.

The Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (CHAMPS) funds our work in AMPARO to support anyone who has experienced suicide.

The Mark McQueen Foundation funds counselling for men in St Helens who have attempted suicide. The service aims to keep people safe long-term.

Staff from Amazon Logistic and Cemps UK raised £1,185 via the Snowdon Challenge to support the work of Listening Ear. This was supplemented by an additional donation of £1000 from the Amazon Charitable Trust.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations fund (part of the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust) have contributed towards the costs of providing Memory Boxes for our Butterflies service.

Our AMPARO Barnsley service is funded by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Barnsley CCG, supporting families, friends and work colleagues of those bereaved by suicide in the Barnsley area.

Amparo South Yorks is funded by local authorities and the CCGs for Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield,  and supports anyone who has been bereaved by suicide in the the South Yorks area.

The Souter Charitable Trust has supported our work with Children and Young People via our Emotional Youth Club.

The Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust has contributed towards the costs of providing Memory Boxes for our Butterflies service.

The National Lottery Community Fund has supported the development of a 12 month programme of activity-based therapies for children and young people in Knowsley.

AMPARO Lancashire is funded by Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria and Lancashire Constabulary, and supports families, friends and work colleagues of those bereaved by suicide in Lancashire.

Hays Travel Foundation has awarded £3,000 to support the work of our Emotional Youth Club.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust donated a significant sum to assist Listening Ear during the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing us to invest in staffing and infrastructure to develop the charity in the years ahead.