Child loss charity to be set up in honour of Amesbury boy

Child loss charity to be set up in honour of Amesbury boy

Published by Jack Deery at 5:52am 3rd March 2020. (Updated at 6:58am 3rd March 2020)

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Natalie and Mick Brannon lost their son William at the age of 9 and want to help other parents going through similar experiences.

'Bluesky Retreat', based in the Wiltshire countryside, will aim to provide a safe and quiet space for families who lose their children. 

Natalie and Mark are setting up the charity in honour of William, in order to offer support for those who need it most. 

It will give them a chance to stay somewhere isolated for a few days, with a couple of methods to help them overcome their grief: 

  • Counselling sessions
  • Sensory 'memory garden'
  • Stargazing treehouse
  • Allotments 
  • A communal area for families
William Brannon - Bluesky Retreat
The charity is being set up in William's honour


But they are in need of funding in order to help others.

They've been accepted by NatWest as one of their "Bring it 2020" projects, which means they've had to bring together a business plan with a target of £50,000. 

If they manage to hit that aim, they'll receive an extra £10,000 in funding. 

So they've set up a Crowdfunder page where people can donate and be rewarded for it - you can find the page here

We have until the 30th March 2020 to donate. 

Bluesky retreat crowdfunder page
We have until the 30th of March to donate

Natalie said

"In the quietness of the house and life I wanted to get away, go somewhere I could talk to people who understood but I couldn’t find anywhere. I didn't want to stay in the confines of four walls in a hotel. I stayed 'strong' for almost 2 years and then suddenly my brick wall came crashing down. 

It took me 6 weeks to receive any kind of counselling which was provided by another charity as the waiting list for the NHS was too long. The counselling helped tremendously and learning to talk about things gave me a new lease of life and the ability to think clearly and to see the Blue skies through the fog."


Three days before his 8th birthday, William was diagnosed with an inoperable and incurable brain tumour.

He passed away a few days after his 9th birthday in 2016.

William Brannon - Blueksy retreat
William died a year after his diagnosis

His parents said it was the most devastating moment of their lives and really wanted somewhere to go.

Natalie added: 

"You never know what's around the corner. When William was born he was a happy, healthy little boy. You just never know who it's going to affect, it could be an auntie, uncle, brother, sister and we would ideally like to help people up and down the country."

William's favourite song was 'Mr. Blue Sky' by ELO, hence the name 'Bluesky Retreat'. 

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