Have you heard of the Reuben’s Retreat charity? Let us tell you a little about them…
THEIR MISSION – To relieve the distress of families who have suffered the bereavement of a child or have a child suffering from a life limiting/threatening illness.
THEIR VISION – Walking side-by-side, offering emotional and practical support to families bereaved of a child or those that have a life limited/threatened child 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.
REUBEN’S LEGACY – ‘a place to Relax, Recharge, Remember, Rebuild, built on an army of love and compassion’.
Reuben suffered a very rare and aggressive form of cancerous tumour (only 4 to 5 children will be diagnosed with this tumour in the UK per year and there are very few symptoms) and devastatingly passed away at the age of 23 months. His brave and inspirational parents set up the charity in his name, hoping to create a retreat in the North West countryside for children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses, plus a bereavement support and counselling centre for families who have lost their precious children. A place to take in the rolling hills and countryside, a place of comfort, peace and tranquillity, a place where memories can be made.
What a way to respond. And it’s inspired others to contribute in aid of affected families. It motivated Cheryl, one of the regular physios at Medlock Court to start training and fundraising for a sponsored walk up Snowdon over in Wales. Quite a trip!
To help raise money and involve those she works so closely with, she coordinated an event with staff at Medlock, in the form of a choir concert and afternoon tea. A great afternoon for service users and the local community, who were only too happy to donate as they enjoyed a singalong.
We want to say a big thank you to friends from the Autumn Leaves choir who came to sing with us. They’re pictured below with our very own Reuben (centre of the photo, with Cheryl in blue on the right and Sam, Activities Coordinator in blue on the left) who’s been with us at Medlock Court as he gets himself fit to go back home and live independently.
Well done Cheryl and all those who’ve supported her!
If you would like to contribute please don't hesitate to visit Cheryl's fundraising page, here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CherylAtkins1
And read all about the work of the Reuben’s Retreat charity via their website, here: https://www.reubensretreat.org/