Compassionate Friends to meet in Wagga on Wednesday

SUPPORT: Wagga mother Maria Doyle wants to help other families who have lost a child, of any age. Picture: Les Smith.
SUPPORT: Wagga mother Maria Doyle wants to help other families who have lost a child, of any age. Picture: Les Smith.

An organisation which offers support to families who have lost a child meets in Wagga for the first time this week.

The new chapter of Compassionate Friends will meet on Wednesday from 6.30pm in the Senior Citizens’ Centre in Tarcutta Street.

Two mothers, Maria Doyle and Louise Cashell, who have both lost children, have been working to establish the chapter in the city in a bid to help other families.

They organised a candlelight vigil in Collins Park in December, which was attended by more than 65 people.

Ms Cashell said some families had travelled from outside Wagga to attend.

“It makes you realise just how many families have lost a child,” she said.

“Hopefully we can do some good.”

Ms Cashell first joined Compassionate Friends in Cairns after her daughter Amanda was killed in a car crash in 2009.

For more information on the Wagga gathering, call Ms Cashell on 0408 223 211 or Ms Doyle on 0434 031 884.

If you need help, call beyondblue: 1300 224 636, Lifeline: 131 144, Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800, community mental health access line: 1800 800 944

MEETING: Louise Cashell joined Compassionate Friends after her daughter died in a car crash, and is now helping establish a Wagga chapter of the organisation.

MEETING: Louise Cashell joined Compassionate Friends after her daughter died in a car crash, and is now helping establish a Wagga chapter of the organisation.