Reuben’s Retreat is a charity very close to my heart and one that I will continue to support in any way I can – I call the charity my forever client, however, quite simply Nicola Graham, Reuben’s Mummy is a forever friend and I will volunteer for as long as she and the charity need me to spread the word about Reuben’s Retreat and the legacy of beautiful Reuben Michael Graham.
Determined to help other bereaved families and those with children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses, Nicola set up Reuben’s Retreat in August 2012 following the devastating passing of her youngest son Reuben who had suffered a rare brain tumour presenting no symptoms. This resulted in him sadly passing away within a week of diagnosis. Nicola wanted to create a retreat where families could go to relax, recharge, remember and rebuild; a place to make memories with the opportunity to walk with families for as long as they needed it.
Despite crippling grief, Nicola and an army of supporters raised a staggering £1million in just 23 months (Reuben’s age when he died) to purchase a Retreat in the Derbyshire hills. The charity has grown unbelievably with a growing team of fundraising staff and family support. While the renovations at the Retreat (formerly a derelict hospital) are well underway with a hydro-pool, sensory and movie room and messy play room just some of the facilities launching in April 2020, the charity has so far also helped over 1000 individuals from across the UK. This help comes in the form of counselling, bereavement support, family days, mummy pamper sessions, rambles, animal therapy, music therapy, wellbeing therapy, memory making, peer support groups, sibling support, family breaks and much more. Reuben’s Retreat are on hand to meet the unmet needs of families, support is scarce and often there are long waiting lists. Reuben’s Retreat pride themselves in the turnaround time they take in order to create bespoke, individual and tailored support for each family.
To find out more about the charity, its work and how you can help, visit: www.reubensretreat.org
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