3 August – Manchester Weekly News Column

3 August – Manchester Weekly News Column

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I am always amazed by the generosity of a family when they choose to have donations made to our cause in lieu of flowers. This week I want to thank the family of Nigel Taylor, and also the Rotary of Hyde for thinking of us at a time when their family are holding a great miss in their hearts.
Last week I met a friend, a very special Lady and a generous supporter of our cause. Part of Reuben’s journey from the beginning. She also donated in memory of her beautiful and vibrant daughter, tragically taken from us too soon. Our condolences to Victoria’s heartbroken family. Many tears shed and shared.
Our lodge at Reuben’s is nearing completion and I cannot begin to tell you how much of a sanctuary this will be to Mummies, Daddies and siblings that hold great miss in their hearts for their precious children. The work we carry out is so vital and very much needed. We can’t fix things, as this would be to bring their children back and that cannot happen. But we can help them learn to live with their great miss and hold some peace in their hearts.
This week the final set of windows are placed, our flooring is complete, and our furniture is about to arrive.
We have been blessed with great support from our townsfolk of Glossop and many other businesses across Tameside and beyond.
There is a real buzz about the place and I cannot wait to clean it all up ready to open.
We will have a series of open days for you to come and visit and see what’s happening. So please be sure to watch for these here, on facebook and twitter and via our website; www.reubensretreat.org
Our thanks this week to Sue for donating from Eric’s quilling, to the lovely Lady in Lilly’s cafe who gave her donation with a smile last week, to Elaine and Chris Sagar from the Sunflower centre, who along with our Rachael raised thousands in memory of a very special young man, their Son, Jamie. Wherever you are darling Jamie, be sure to look after our boy. Thank you to Shona for travelling over from Leeds to assist with our PR with Lianne, and to the wonderful children raising monies in Kate’s memory, selling in front of their houses, Phoebe, Jessica, Finley and Matilda. Whilst other children in Glossop sold cakes too, from their front door, Tia and pals. Gorgeous children. Thank you to all the children that supported Jenny Savill and base performing arts, raising £300. Also big thanks this week to Chris and his team from Anchor removals for collecting a lot of furniture for our new offices in Ashton. Thank you to Class 4 from St Paul’s Catholic Primary school in Poynton. Thank you to our incredible friends and support at Thomas Ashton school, with us from the beginning. And a big Thank you to Eugene Rimmer and his Dad who cycled an incredible 1027 miles from Land’s end to John o Groats in 19days with just 1 rest stop. Eugene is sixteen years old, what a fine young man he is. Thank you both so much, what fantastic neighbours we have.
We have many bag packs and awareness stalls to attend over the Summer, if you ‘d like to help for just one day? Please call us on; 01457 680023, we can raise between £400-£600 at a back pack, the days are so valuable to us.
And on another note, can you sew? We are looking to have some Reuben’s Retreat bunting made, Waterproof if possible. If you can do this and are interested please call us.
And finally and by no means least, my new Monday meeting friend, Jason Lowe, Thank you! What a great start to the week. Jason travelled over from Wilmslow to present a cheque to us. Monies raised from his cycle ride through the Alps, kindly match funded by Equilibrium.  It made a dent in the big cheque I was writing this week as payment number 4 to Citybuild.
Nearly there now.
Thank you to everyone that is part of this incredible building, project and journey.

Photo from Week 1

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