The Alder Centre

Chris Lamb' Story

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Chris Lamb’s journey started in December 2010 when he lost his four-year-old son Elliott to cytomegalovirus.

Cytomegalovirus is typically harmless but can cause serious health problems in some babies who get the virus before birth.

Following his loss, Chris, from St Helens, found out about the Alder Centre and despite some reservations, was persuaded to visit the centre by his mother.

Having used the counselling services for over two years, Chris found purpose in Elliott’s death and began making positive changes in his life.

“Over the length of time that I was at the Alder Centre, it made everything just feel so much clearer,” Chris said.

“I didn’t want to get up in the morning, I didn’t want to do anything, and I didn’t have any energy, both physically and mentally. It drained me in every way possible when I lost Elliott.

“It [the Alder Centre] really helped me unravel everything and helped me get my energy back. It made me want to do positive things and cherish Elliott’s memory.

Chris also said: “I didn’t want to come here at first but I’m glad someone persuaded me to because it made a massive amount of a difference. If there is anyone that is feeling apprehensive, they should just try it and come along. I really got a lot from coming here. I’d do anything for the Alder Centre because they did so much for me when I needed them.”

Speaking on the new building, Chris said: “We think the new building is amazing and thank you to the Alder Hey Children’s Charity for funding this. It’s a lot bigger than the previous building so it’s going to make a massive difference to a lot of people.”

Off the back of Alder Hey’s treatment of Elliott before he passed away, Chris started an organisation that helps donate Chocolate Orange’s to NHS staff members.

The organisation helps donate thousands of Chocolate Orange’s by collecting donations of the popular product and distributing it to NHS staff members around the UK.

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We are available on weekdays 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).

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Our new Alder Centre building is next to the new Sunflower House building, just off Eaton Road. Face to face sessions are now running again, though online/ telephone sessions are also still available, if required.


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