Absent Friends Wins Award
A GameChanger project designed to encourage people to talk more openly about death and bereavement has won a national award.
Absent Friends, run with NHS Lothian Palliative Care, provides supporters with the opportunity to remember and pay tribute to loved ones who have died. The project runs during home matches in October each year, with posters around the ground encouraging fans to put up written and photographic tributes which are gathered and collected by the Club.
The Award for Contribution to Openness about Death was made by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief.
Leeann Dempster, Chief Executive of Hibernian, said: “Supporters often approach us when they have lost loved ones, and we are not always able to mark every individual loss our supporters suffer. However through Absent Friends we are able to create a record, allowing all fans to remember those who mean most to them, and with whom they shared memories about Hibernian and it seems to offer people great comfort.”
Hundreds of people take part each year, and the programme will run again in 2019.