Sadly this is an article we never wanted to write, but without support we may have to close the Bereavement Centre.
When we started Charlies-Angel-Centre way back in 2013, our motivation was and always has been that no bereaved family should have to go through what Charlie’s mummy did or us a family.
However Covid has finally taken its toll.
Over the last couple of years we have tried really hard to keep the Bereavement Centre open, when it’s been very hard not having funds coming in. We are not a funded charity and rely on members of the public to support us. We know how important the charity is to people who need our help. We are a lifeline, but without help we will have no choice but to close. We have always managed to stay around two years ahead with our funding however the pandemic has meant that we were not able to host our usual fundraising events.
Earlier this year we launched the ‘Charlie’s Challenge 10’ fundraiser to mark what would have been Charlie’s 10th birthday and try to rebuild its funds. We asked people to do any challenge – at any point this year – along the theme of the number 10. This is still running throughout the year if anyone wants to get involved.
However, the financial pressures now faced are so great that we are now in urgent need of donations if we are to continue supporting the dozens of families currently accessing our free services.
Sadly, since opening our doors, we have always been busy. At the moment, we are supporting around 70 families per week through face-to-face counselling, Zoom and telephone.
Visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/SaveOurBereavementCentre to make a donation and help the charity to reach its £10,000 target.
This post was written by Charlies-Angel-Centre Foundation
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