Glossop Advertiser - - News - Lynne Red­mond

IT’S the friends that we meet along the way that help us ap­pre­ci­ate the jour­ney. It’s been a poignant week at the Reuben’s Re­treat of­fices as Mon­day, Au­gust 21, marked five years since dar­ling Reuben moved to heaven.

He is des­per­ately missed and loved be­yond words by ev­ery­one for­tu­nate to have known him, but he also holds an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial place in the hearts of peo­ple like my­self who weren’t lucky enough to meet him.

So I’m writ­ing the col­umn this week as Ni­cola, Mike and Isaac spend time to­gether as a fam­ily re­mem­ber­ing their cher­ished lit­tle boy.

De­spite be­ing such a sad time and see­ing Reuben’s loved ones with huge miss in their hearts, what al­ways strikes me is ● the in­cred­i­ble support shown by peo­ple far and wide each Au­gust.

Our Face­book page and let­ter­box is filled with touch­ing, up­lift­ing and lov­ing mes­sages, each want­ing to bring a lit­tle com­fort to aching souls.

And that support is so pow­er­ful – it’s the foun­da­tions and fuel that nour­ishes Reuben’s beau­ti­ful legacy.

Reuben’s Re­treat was born to help fam­i­lies like Reuben’s through the dev­as­ta­tion of child be­reave­ment, to pro­vide a light in the dark­ness and the re­silience to face each an­niver­sary or spe­cial date with­out their child. We’re here too to help chil­dren with com­plex health needs and their par­ents and sib­lings as they face uncertain fu­tures.

That work has al­ready be­gun but we will be able to of­fer so much more once our Re­treat is fully ren­o­vated.

In five years we’ve sup­ported 470 adults and chil­dren from 251 fam­i­lies.

But there’s many, many more fam­i­lies out there that need our support to­day, and more will fol­low to­mor­row.

To help cel­e­brate our char­ity’s fifth birthday we’ve put to­gether five things that you can do to play a part in en­sur­ing our work con­tin­ues: 1. Share our cause. 2. Watch for our lat­est events and at­tend wher­ever pos­si­ble. 3. Join www.easy fundrais­ – at no ex­tra cost to you we make pen­nies and pounds on ev­ery pur­chase you make. 4. When asked, vote if you can (we some­times get op­por­tu­ni­ties to raise money through votes). 5. Who do you know? And who do they know? Re­cruit your friends to support Reuben’s jour­ney.

Our limited edi­tion com­mem­o­ra­tive fifth birthday mugs are avail­able now.

Visit our web­site (www. reuben­sre­ or call the of­fice on 01457 680 023 to place an or­der.

Ni­cola Gra­ham’s son Reuben died in 2012

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