We believe that the effects of COVID19 and self isolation will last a lot longer than the lock down period itself. Some of the families we are supporting are likely to have long term mental health conditions due to the increased anxiety and stress levels lock down has created. Extra funding would mean that we could assess those most vulnerable or at risk of developing conditions and offer them an extra tier of support. W would be able to initiate a programme of one to one support such as 'me time' with a professionally skilled listener or holistic therapies such as online meditation or yoga. All of which will aid in better mental health and well being which will in turn have a very positive impact on the family unit as a whole.
Thank you for dropping by and reading our story! We would love your help in supporting some special little people and some amazing big ones too! Reuben's Retreat is a small charity which was sadly born out of the loss of the gorgeous Reuben Michael Graham from an inoperable brain tumour at just 23 months old. His mummy vowed is short but precious life would not be in vain and we were founded just two days after he moved to heaven. We are a small team of just eight staff but with an army of compassionate volunteers. Our mission is to support families that are bereaved of their child and those who face an uncertain future with a complexly or terminally ill child. We offer social, emotional and practical support to parents and siblings and we promise to walk side by side with our families for as long as they need us. This is our favourite picture of Reuben.We've seen a huge impact on our families since the outbreak of COVID19. Many are self-isolating with a poorly child, usual carers can't attend & with respite facilities closed, parents & carers have become specialist care teams overnight. The added pressures have brought heightened anxiety and stress levels and families are at risk of severe social isolation. Many of these families fear a common cold so you can imagine the terror that this virus brings. If their child were to catch it, it would most likely prove fatal so they won't leave the house to run simple errands and certainly won't allow any visitors. With fundraising heavily impacted for all charities, we are relying on our community now more than ever for their gifts in kind to support us in helping vulnerable families.
This is where you gorgeous people come in!
We want to raise enough funds to deliver essential care packages to all our families. Each package bespoke to the individual family's needs but all including everyday food items, fresh fruit & vegetables and some very special treats! We have already delivered some but would like to reach more families and continue our special deliveries throughout lock-down. Just £25 will provide an essential care package for a vulnerable family. Here is the lovely Lily with one of our packages sent in May.
We also want to offer a safe space for our families to come together, sharing their thoughts and fears with others in the same position as them. We have set up a weekly peer led support group on zoom which will offer reassurance, help reduce social isolation and promote positive well being and good mental health. Just £25 will run our support group for 1 hour and help anxious parents stay connected.
Donating to our page really will make a huge difference to over 140 families and help us deliver a fantastic project that will tackle many of the problems this outbreak is causing for them. But don't just take my word for it....Read Jen's. Jen is mum to the beautiful Florence who has a rare genetic condition and this is what she had to say about the promise of help.