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Published at 7:02am 14th September 2016. (Updated at 3:10pm 14th September 2016)

Emotional well-being support for young people in the Harrogate District has received a boost.

Since last year, Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate has been running a pilot project to support schools with the bereavement and wider emotional well-being needs of their student communities.

It's received a grant from the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation to help the project, which is part of the charity’s Just ‘B’ service, to continue.

The service provides support through confidential one-to-one sessions for students, together with advice for staff, student group work, assemblies, family support and training and education for learning managers.

Tony Collins, Chief Executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice, said: "We are delighted to say that since our grant application, we have received even more interest in the project from other schools who have heard about the positive impact and outcomes.

"This grant will play a vital role in helping us to extend the project further to help more students in more school communities across the area to live healthier and happier futures.

"We would like to thank the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation very much for helping us to make this happen."

Foundation Trustee Sonia Jones added: "The Foundation's mission is to support young people across Yorkshire to achieve their full potential and to help them to overcome challenges along the way.

"Bereavement is hard at any age, but can be particularly difficult for young people, and we are delighted to help Saint Michael's to support them."

The Foundation was formed in 2010 to support young people in the region to achieve their potential and makes grants to individuals and projects.

The Just 'B' service will be helping to support those children who have just moved up to secondary school.

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