Oh, the places we have been, the places we have yet to go and the hearts yet to be healed……..
Our journey to becoming a family support charity begins in 2012……
Reuben passed away on the 21st of August 2012 from an aggressive brain tumour whilst on a family holiday in Devon.
His mummy promised him that his life would not be in vain and she would be a legacy in his name.
After all, each life, no matter how brief, can change a little part of our world.
The family were committed to donating Reuben’s organs, to save others. Unable to do this, his mummy created something special, and just 2 days after losing Reuben, ‘Reuben’s Retreat’ was born.
It was to be a sanctuary, a place where families with complexly poorly children could holiday, a place of comfort, peace and tranquillity, a place where fun and memories could be made.
The family had the opportunity to make fantastic and beautiful memories with Reuben in his short life and wanted to gift this opportunity to others.
Later, when planning Reuben’s memorial, it was decided that the charity would also support families after the loss of a child.
Our Vision & Mission
To relieve the distress of families who have suffered the loss of a child or have a child suffering from a complex illness.
Walking side-by-side, offering emotional and practical help through our family support charity to families of child loss or those that have a child who is complexly poorly and may face an uncertain future. Enabling them to create memories cocooned in the sanctuary of Reuben’s Retreat underpinned by our army of love and compassionate hearts.
‘A place to Relax, Recharge, Remember, Rebuild, built on an army of love and compassion’.
Our values are intrinsically woven into our work and compliment our vision and mission to help us to keep families at the heart of everything we do.
We believe in a fully accessible world where being unique is celebrated. A place where families can feel safe, cared for and held in their journey.
Reuben Michael Graham fell asleep forever in his mummy’s arms
- Reuben’s Retreat was founded to support other families facing an uncertain future and those bereaved of a precious child.
Reuben’s Retreat gained its official charity status
- Amazing supporters helped to raise in excess of £500,000 in Reuben’s memory within just 12 months
- Reuben’s Retreat began work with their first beneficiary family
The charity purchased their ‘forever home’ – a historic former ‘cottage’ hospital in Glossop, Derbyshire
- Reuben’s Retreat had now hit a momentous milestone as they celebrated raising £1 million in just 23 months
Phase 1 and 2 renovations began in Glossop
- Transforming the groundskeeper’s house, adjacent outbuilding and landscaping which was completed by August and ‘The Lodge at Reuben’s’ was born – our bereavement, counselling and support centre
- The team proudly welcomed the first overnight guests to stay at ‘The Lodge at Reuben’s’ for a 2-night respite break
Reuben’s Retreat received their biggest grant to date of £150,000 from Thomas Cook Childrens Charity
Reuben’s Retreat turned 5 and phases 4, 5 & 6 began
- A huge strip out of the main building was completed within the year
The Reuben’s team launched two new support groups Bereavement Support Group and Rambles Walking Group
The small HQ team grew to a team of 7
- Phase 4, 5 and 6 of the renovation plans continued as a partner is confirmed to transform the ‘west wing’
The family support team launched their first dedicated activity to support siblings
Phase 4, 5 & 6 continued as the official build started
- A Senior Fundraiser joined the HQ team to strengthen corporate relationships, run events and apply for grants. The fantastic annual events continued to grow, such as Afternoon Tea, Anglesey Trek, REUBall, Snowdon Sunrise Walk and Scrufts. New events such as MSC Cup and Truck Show also proved popular
The year was filled with many family fun events, such as Santa Flight, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Pirate Party, Summer Fun Day and more
The charity team grew to a team of 10
- Amidst the global pandemic the charity manages to support 5x more people whilst launching four new initiatives, Dads’ Club, Me Time, Social Welcare and Yoga Rest & Restore
The charity also starts to offer increased virtual support, helping to reach more families across the UK