Sam’s charity to benefit from new venture

Sam Jennings
Sam Jennings

A CHARITY dedicated to a little Cupar boy who died suddenly three years ago is to benefit from a new venture launched this week by his mum.

Dramatherapist and children’s author Donna Jennings, whose five-year-old son Sam suffered a cardiac arrest while enjoying a family day out at Cairnie Fruit Farm, officially unveiled her Listening Stone project at Dundee Repertory Theatre, where she works.

Comprising an educational pack and a children’s book illustrated by St Andrews-based Gillian Gamble, the Listening Stone programme is a therapeutic workshop aimed at promoting the emotional and mental well-being of young people.

Using methods such as stories and role-play, it teaches them new ways of exploring life’s issues and meeting challenges they meet.

The project was set up by Donna and her business partner Paul Dow, a therapist with extensive experience of working with troubled children and families.

A quarter of its profits will be donated to FLOC - For the Love of a Child - the charity that Donna was in the process of setting up when little Sam died.

It aims to help vulnerable children and their families both at home and overseas and already has funded a play centre in Afghanistan named ‘Sam’s House’.