CHUMS started as a voluntary service supporting bereaved children, young people and their families in 1997. In 2000, funding was provided by Macmillan to offer a countywide bereavement service. Thereafter until 2011, CHUMS was supported by the NHS. However, in 2011 CHUMS ‘spun out’ of the NHS to become a social enterprise, community interest company (CIC), enabling development and growth to become the service it is today. From this point on we began our journey as an employee-owned organisation.