My son and I are taking part in the ‘Race To The Stones’ which is taking place next year on the 4th and 5th July.
It’s a 100km trek/run along what is recognised as the oldest path in Britain. We’ll be completing this challenge over 2 days with a stop overnight at the half way point to rest and no doubt apply some blister plasters! You never know we might just do it in a day!!!
The race starts in Lewknor and ends in Avebury.
So who are we raising money for?
We are raising money for Somewhere House Somerset, a registered charity (1157281) located in the seaside town of Burnham on Sea. The charity was founded in 2011 after a clearly identified need was established to provide counselling and support services to the local community and more importantly to those who most need it, rather than only those who can afford it.
The service offers face to face counselling with professional counsellors for all ages from 6 years old and above. The counsellors are able to help people with their mental health, relationship problems, addiction, bereavement, loss and abuse to name a few. Sometimes a safe place for someone to be heard, is everything. The charity has an increasingly high demand to work with children and young people. At present there are 3 counsellors seeing young people in several local primary and secondary schools.
The charity also delivers educational talks on substance and alcohol misuse, mental health, bullying, self harm, county lives and other meaningful topics to students of local schools. This year alone they have worked with over 2000 children in Sedgemoor and the surrounding rural areas. Educational talks have been a huge success with positive feedback from teachers and students alike.
In total the charity has 7 counsellors working across the Sedgemoor area with people who are experiencing a variety of problems including, but not limited to, mental health problems, addiction, relationship struggles or loss and bereavement for example. Somewhere House Somerset is the only mental health organisation in the area whom can offer an accessible and affordable counselling service to any member of the community in need.
In the 8 years they have been operating, the charity has had over 700 referrals to our service and many statutory services including, GP’s, schools, probation and child/adult services amongst others. Results have been proven to work for those who have used and engaged in the service.
The demand for the service is up over 100% year on year. The model of the charity is ethical and humbling. This is why we are putting our support behind it and trying to help another less fortunate than ourselves. Somewhere House Somerset asks clients using it’s service to make a donation of only what they can afford for their sessions. The charity is underpinned to make up any defecit through fundraising (like this), community events e.g coffee mornings and jumble sales, grant funding and generous donors who work tirelessly to keep the charity in operation and serving it’s clients.
To put it into context, the cost of a 1 hour counselling session is around £20.
Please support us to raise as much money as possible, which will directly make a difference to other peoples lives, many of them sadly, children and young people. By sponsoring us, please know that you have been a part of a unique opportunity as very rarely do we as human beings have a chance to directly make a difference to the emotional wellbeing of another non related.
If you are a UK tax payer, don’t forget to gift aid as the UK government will add another 25% to your donation! All proceeds raised go directly towards counselling sessions for children, young people and adults.
Thank you all for your support.
Dave & Will x
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