Here is this weeks Manchester Weekly News Column written by Lynne.
As Operations Manager for Reuben’s Retreat I know I’m incredibly lucky to have such a varied and fulfilling job working for one of the Northwest’s most loved charities. Part of my role includes representing the Charity at events and delivering presentations to new and existing supporters, which gives me a unique opportunity to engage with those at the heart of our communities. Through those conversations I’ve found that whilst many people have heard about Reuben’s Retreat (which is incredible and essential to being able to reach those families who need our help), not everyone knows that we are still very much a grassroots charity and totally reliant on the pennies and pounds raised by your generous hearts. So the focus of today’s column is to share with you some key facts about Reuben’s Retreat…
– Whilst we have a big “presence” across Greater Manchester, we are still a tiny charity with just 4 full-time employees, plus 2 part-time staff (who only joined us last month!)
– We have supported more than 170 families since the charity was borne when little Reuben passed away, just 3½ year ago
– To date our benefiting families have predominantly hailed from across the Northwest but we’ve supported families as far away as Somerset and Glasgow
– The type of support we provide to families of children unlikely to reach adulthood or families coping with child bereavement includes a mixture of traditional counselling methods along with holistic therapies, plus breaks for respite and to create cherished life-long memories
– We have a 10 Phase renovation plan to transform the former Woods Hospital (in Glossop) into a first class facility to support families like Reuben’s for decades to come
– All the blood, sweat and tears that went into completing Phases 1 and 2 were totally worth it when we welcomed our first families to “The Lodge at Reuben’s” – our dedicated counselling and bereavement support centre – late last year
– We work incredibly hard to run the charity as cost effectively as possible so that every penny you donate can make the biggest impact
– You can also keep up to date with our news, events and renovation works through our website (www.reubensretreat.org), Facebook and Twitter pages
Sending our love and gratitude as always to our wonderful volunteers and supporters including Kath Howard (Wheatsheaf Pub Quiz), the Humphrey family in Mobberley and the White Horse in Bolton. And finally a massive good luck to those running the Manchester Marathon this Sunday, be safe, take care and happy running to all including our very own Office Manager Rachael!
Lots of love
Lynne, Rachael, Sally, Nicola, Ben & Susan (Team Reuben)