Welcome To Charlie's Corner

We welcome everyone. Please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will endevour to help you as best as we can, to get you the help you deserve.

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250,000 Recorded miscarriages in the UK annually

There is no right or wrong way to feel about having a miscarriage. No-one can tell you how you should or shouldn’t be feeling, but it is important to be able to talk about the experience of miscarriage.

2800 Stillbirths
in the UK

The death of a baby affects all parents differently but the grief is often overwhelming and prolonged. Other family members can be deeply affected too. Support from specialist bereavement counselling can be a vital support to parents and families at this most painful of times. (2021)

200 School age children take their lives every year

Having a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space to talk about the death of a child can be incredibly helpful to any parent, or family member, who has experienced the tragedy of child-suicide.

Allan Todd Director UKCN

In February 2023 Charlie’s Angel Foundations, a specialit bereavement charity in Leeds, reluctantly decided to wind down its counselling services for bereaved parents. UKCN Director Allan Todd, who was also a Trustee of the Charlie’s Angel Foundation, was determined to find a way to keep the services going and this is how Charlie’s Corner has been developed to provide an ongoing service for bereaved parents and their families.

Allan worked closely with Ruth Curtis and Sam Key, both founding members of Charlie’s Angel Foundation to create the new Charlie’s Corner. To symbolise the handover and celebrate the continuation of this vital work ‘Charlie Bear’ has been handed over from Charlies Angel Foundation to UK Counselling Network who will continue to develop this incredible service. Allan himself brings years of experience working with bereaved parents , individually, in couples and in groups.

Many of the families Allan has worked with will be familiar with his “red bus” and the way he has used it to work with his clients as well its part in his talks and training on the subject of the loss of a child. Both Charlie Bear and the Red Bus have come to represent UKCN’s Charlie’s Corner Service which acknowledges the great work of Charlies Angel Foundation and equally looks forward to providing bespoke bereavement services in the future.

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About Charlie's Corner

2012 Charlie's Angels Bereavement Centre was originally opened after one families loss of Charlie Arthur Curtis in 2012. Their aim was to ensure every bereaved parent and family left hospital with an after-care plan in place and to ensure a complete support network.

February 2023 Charlie's Angels Bereavement Centre decided to wind down and Allan Todd, a Director of UK Counselling Network, adopted 'Charlies Bear' and brought it to the Head Office in Drighlington so he could continue to symbolise this incredible service

2023 - The Bear and the Red Bus join forces - therapy in action As part of his work with families, Allan worked with his 'Red Bus' and together with Charlie Bear, they have come to represent UKCN's Charlies Corner Service. They are the focal point of his talks and trainings & an acknowledgement of the great work of Charlies Angel Foundation.

How Our Service Works

We offer a low-cost counselling service and there is no limit on the number of sessions provided. Our counsellors are progressing towards their professional qualifications and have received specific bereavement training. Equally we have a team of qualified counsellors which includes couples therapists and groupworkers. Accessing our services is very straightforward – self-referrals are welcome and we can be contacted by phone, email or via our referral page on our website.

  1. Step One: Contact us via email, telephone or booking form
  2. Step Two: We will book you in for an assessment which will take approx. 15 mins
  3. Step Three: We will place you with the most suitable therapist or group and your sessions will begin at a mutually agreed time
  • Bereavement Counselling
    It is important to give appropriate focus to the special needs of parents and families following the loss of a child. That is why we place a special emphasis on specific training for our bereavement counsellors so that they can provide an informed and highly supportive counselling service.
  • Couples Counselling
    We also recognise and understand the need for some of our bereaved parents to meet with our counsellors as a couple and we explore with couples ways in which they can grieve together.
  • Group Counselling
    The loss of a child affects many other family members too, siblings and grandparents, for example, can feel helpless and overlooked. They too might seek individual counselling but our bereavement groups are just as effective spaces express mourning and grief with others who understand and identify with similar feelings and experiences.

Supporting families facing one of
life's toughest tests

We believe that every family should have access to quality, professional emotional support as they cope with the loss of their baby or child, no matter what the circumstances.

Help us help families through this time of loss.

10 sessions of 1-1 Counselling
with a qualified therapist


Couples therapy - 10 sessions
with a qualified therapist


Bereaved Parents and their families – Self and Third-Party Referral Form

Charlie’s Corner is our specialist, low-cost counselling service aimed at bereaved parents and their families.

To find out more about this service, please complete the contact form and one of our team will contact you within the next two days (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays) as well as emailing you with some further information about Charlie’s Corner.

Our team will arrange a suitable time for you to discuss how our bereavement counselling services may be of help.

Our standard fee for counselling is £28.00 for individuals, from £60 for couples.

Depending on your location and preference your counselling may be face-to-face or online. You may also consider joining a face-to-face group in Drighlington (BD11 1EB) which offers longer term therapy at a cost of £10 per session.

Please note that our services are available to:

  • Permanent UK based residents only
  • For group therapy you must be able to attend in person at our therapy centre (BD11 1EB).
  • Sessions are carried out on a regular weekly basis
  • Aged 18+
  • This is a low-cost paid service

Our low-cost service is suitable for bereaved parents and their families who have experienced the loss of a child of any age and for whatever reason.

    "My husband and I received joint counselling following the loss of our son. At the hardest point in our lives, we were brought hope and light."

    "Prior to counselling, my husband was sceptical of how it would be, however immediately, we felt at ease with our therapist who helped us breakdown, identify and process our feelings and emotions"

    "With our therapists help, we felt ready to try and bring another child into our lives. they supported and guided us all the way throughout our second pregnancy, without their help we would have been so much more anxious and worried."