How We Support
Forward Facing supports families in Sussex whose children are living with long term or life-limiting conditions or those who have suffered bereavement or hardship. We are very inclusive and welcome children from a wide range of circumstances.
By offering a large variety of fun and playful activities and events, we provide a chance for the whole family to take time away from the stresses that come with caring for a child who is unwell or suffering. We run special days out for individual families, small parties for limited numbers and large events where all our families can get together.
How to Become One of Our Families
Our events are open to families who are dealing with any of the following issues:
- Children with long term or life-limiting illnesses
- Children suffering from bereavement or hardship
- Children who have an ongoing hidden condition such as diabetes
If you would like to be included in our events, please register your family with us. You can do this in several ways:
Candice Konig 07824 325 716
By direct message
We are grateful to the following parents who have kindly allowed us to reprint their testimonials.
Candice and Forward facing have allowed us to make so many beautiful memories. Their events cater for so many and everyone comes together. At the events it doesn’t matter how hard times have been as everyone understand each other and no one is judged- everyone is just able to be themselves and have so so much fun. The events are relaxed and families like ours have had so many special times. Candice and her team put alot of much effort into creating an environment that takes you away from the stresses of hospital stays and appointments and let’s the child just be children in a world they sometimes can’t be. Our Sebastian is constantly talking about Forward Facing events and so many happy memories have been made. Thank you all for allowing us to be part of this extra special charity Forward Facing we love you guys and can’t thank you enough.
Sebastian said “I love Forward facing I get to have fun days out and go on stage”
He loves you as much as we do xx
Natasha, Luke and Sebastian from Burgess Hill
Forward Facing provide fun days out for me and my family. Our life is quite difficult due to our daughter’s disability and our income is low as I work as as her full time unpaid carer. Forward Facing organises fun excursions and days for us to enjoy as a family where we are always thoroughly spoilt. We’ve groomed donkeys and performed choreographed dances onstage. I’ve even sipped Prosecco whilst getting expert advice on applying make-up. How lovely it is to have a charity which recognises the hardship disability and illness brings to the whole family. Plus it’s always nice to be spoilt once in a while. Thank you Forward Facing for the good times you give us.
Love Aly, Gracie and Edie
“We recently lost our young daughter Alena and don’t know what we would have done without the amazing things that Forward Facing have done for our two boys and us as a family. Forward Facing have helped them with the grief of losing their sister by creating fun times with memory making days and days out. Forward Facing is such an amazing charity as they do so much for bereaved families and those with seriously ill children. It makes such a difference to all our lives so big massive thank you to Forward Facing.”
“Forward Facing has provided some wonderful experiences for my family and I, including an amazing spa day for myself. We have been given the opportunity to enjoy days at an adventure park and to watch Brighton play at the Amex. These experiences would not have been possible without Forward Facing and the wonderful Candice. I just wanted you to know that both my grandsons deserve nice experiences, which we could never afford as a family. Anything that puts a smile on their faces means the world, thank you so much”
“Thank you for such a wonderful day yesterday – it was absolutely amazing. All your volunteers made us as a family feel special and made sure we all enjoyed ourselves. You included Connie in everything, which I know is sometimes difficult, but all your volunteers, face painters and choreography team treated her with so much respect and made sure she had a great day – which means a lot to us. Seeing Connie have her face painted was, in particular, very emotional for me.
The whole day was so well organised and everyone you could see was having so much fun. I think it’s one of the best charity events I’ve personally been to. The day was truly a “memory making” one, so thank you.”