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Richmond’s Hope

We are proud as a church to have started Scotland’s first dedicated child bereavement charity, Richmond’s Hope.

The charity provides support for children and young people aged 4-18 who have been bereaved.   The charity has bases in Edinburgh, Dalkeith (St. John’s and Kings Park Church), Glasgow (Ibrox Parish Church) and Methil (Wellesley Parish Church) and will soon be opening in Dunbar.   

The charity has its roots in our community of Niddrie, in south-east Edinburgh. It was there, in 1997, that Revd. Liz Henderson came to be minister of our church. Within her first 18 months of ministry, she conducted the funerals of 16 young adults in the community, who died leaving 34 children bereaved of a father, mother or sibling.

She and Jessie Douglas, a bereaved parent, became acutely aware of the impact that grief was having on these families. Plans were made, and in 2003, Richmond’s Hope was opened.  

The charity provides a safe space for children to work through their grief both verbally and non-verbally, to preserve memories of the person who has died, to explore their feelings and understand the impact the bereavement has on their lives. 

The charity works with people of all faiths and none, in a way that respects and supports their beliefs about life and death.    

Jessie Douglas died in November 2020 but her drive and passion for supporting bereaved children and young people lives on in Richmond’s Hope.  

More information at:

Tel.  0131 661 6818 (Edinburgh)

0141 230 6123 (Glasgow)


Visit Us

227 Niddrie Mains Road


EH16 4PA

Contact Us

0131 661 6561 (Church office and cafe)

Scottish Charity No: SCO09035