A film made by a children’s charity based in Mitcham has been made it as a finalist in the Charity Film Awards.

Jigsaw4u’s film ‘Talking to children about death’ has beaten off tough competition from large national charities to earn their place in the final as a result of public voting and a judging panel.

In the film, touching on bereavement, four young people share their experience of losing a loved one, living with a parent with a life limiting illness and about the support they have received from Jigsaw4u.

Business development manager, Jenny Harwood said: “Everyone here at Jigsaw4u is so proud of this film and the young people in it.

“To reach the final of these awards and have their stories heard by an even bigger audience is just phenomenal.

“We are a local organisation and we want to keep the good work in minds of people, there is not a lot of support in Merton for people who suffer bereavement and we aim to help those who need it.”

Established in May 1997, Jigsaw4u has spent the last 20 years supporting children and young people from Merton and Sutton who have been affected by bereavement, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and other significant social and emotional issues.

They have supported more than 4,000 individuals last year.

Pam Byfield, director of operations at Jigsaw4u said: “We are beyond excited to have reached the finals of the Charity Film Awards considering we are a small local charity competing amongst much larger national charities.

“We wanted to create a film with no fancy frills, that was simple and yet powerful so that the young people’s voices could be heard and enabling them to express their stories directly to the viewer in their own words. We are so proud of them.”

The Charity film awards will be held at a ceremony in London at the beginning of May and the list of finalists was announced this month.

To see the film and vote for the 'Peoples Choice' award visit https://www.charityfilmawards.com/videos/talking-to-children-about-death