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● be­fore we be­gin our next chap­ter we re­visit some of the high­lights of the last year: Septem­ber 18, 2016 Our sec­ond book, Reuben’s Rain­bows, was launched just af­ter Reuben’s sixth birth­day. Septem­ber 23, 2016 De­spite the typ­i­cally wet Bri­tish sum­mer, the main build­ing’s roof was com­pleted. Septem­ber 30, 2016 The first Cof­fee Con­nect morn­ing was held, of­fer­ing in­for­mal, peer sup­port for par­ents and car­ers of life-lim­ited chil­dren Novem­ber 18, 2016 Wow, £23,000 was raised by Travel Coun­sel­lors and their part­ners at their an­nual con­fer­ence. We were ab­so­lutely blown away by the love and sup­port. Novem­ber 26, 2016 The fabulous team from Over­bury, Reuben’s daddy Mike and su­per­star sup­port­ers Ben, Katie and He­len scaled City Tower – one of Manch­ester’s tallest build­ings – and ab­seiled down to a cheer­ing crowd, rais­ing ● thou­sands of pounds in the process for Reuben’s Re­treat. De­cem­ber 1, 2016 Af­ter a cou­ple of years off, we re­launched the Reuben’s Re­treat com­pli­men­tary mag­a­zine, de­signed in-house and dis­trib­uted to 10,000 homes, busi­nesses and sup­port­ers each quar­ter, De­cem­ber 7, 2016 A group of 17 Reuben’s Re­treat ben­e­fi­cia­ries boarded a flight to meet Santa, thanks to Leeds Brad­ford Air­port. De­cem­ber 23 2016 We re­ceived our big­gest ever grant of £150,000 from Thomas Cook Chil­dren’s Char­ity to­wards the ren­o­va­tions of our re­treat. We are for­ever grate­ful for their be­lief in our project and to their staff, part­ners and cus­tomers for rais­ing money for causes like ours. Fe­bru­ary 11, 2017 A su­per time was had by all at our trib­ute to Phoenix Nights evening. Fe­bru­ary 27, 2017 An­other mile­stone – the strip out to clear the “west wing” be­gan, pre­par­ing the space for Phases 4, 5 and 6. The works were com­pleted on time and a lit­tle un­der bud­get. March 18, 2017 Our first ac­tiv­ity just for dad­dies of poorly chil­dren was held – our Dads Ram­ble April 27, 2017 We hosted our first pro­fes­sional open day at the re­treat, an open in­vi­ta­tion to pro­fes­sion­als who sup­port poorly chil­dren or be­reaved fam­i­lies to visit and see all that we do and un­der­stand our vi­sion for the fu­ture May 11, 2017 Proud guests and the cho­sen char­ity of Nor­fox Chil­dren’s Char­ity at­tended the pres­ti­gious In­sider Prop­erty Awards North West with an au­di­ence of 1,100 din­ers. May 28, 2017 For the fifth year in a row we turned the streets of Manch­ester REUblue at the Great Manch­ester Run. June 19, 2017 Af­ter al­most five years in op­er­a­tion and with ev­ery as­pect of the char­ity de­vel­op­ing at speed, we de­cided it was time to in­crease the num­ber of trus­tees and ide­ally wel­come ad­di­tional skill-sets, par­tic­u­larly in the areas of le­gal, clin­i­cal/ health or dig­i­tal me­dia. The ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod ended and we were de­lighted with the re­sponse. June 26, 2017 We or­gan­ised a Child Be­reave­ment UK train­ing course for Reuben’s Re­treat staff and vol­un­teers and other pro­fes­sion­als. It was an emo­tional, yet in­cred­i­bly help­ful day, im­prov­ing our re­silience and ca­pac­ity to sup­port those af­fected by child loss July 6, 2017 Gor­geous mem­o­ries were made and lots of pen­nies and pounds raised at our 1940s Swing Af­ter­noon Tea. July 7, 2017 Dare we say it, our sec­ond REUBall was even big­ger and bet­ter than last year. The theme for 2017 was ‘mas­quer­ade’ and our guests didn’t dis­ap­point with their va­ri­ety of fabulous masks and the sur­prise sing­ing wait­ers were a huge suc­cess! July 30, 2017 We cel­e­brated 130 years since the re­treat’s foun­da­tion stone was laid, with staff, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers and re­leas­ing 13 doves, one for each decade that the build­ing ● has stood proud Au­gust 1, 2017 As of Au­gust 1, we have sup­ported 470 chil­dren and adults from 251 fam­i­lies from across the UK, from Dorset to Fife, through coun­selling, well­be­ing, holis­tic ther­a­pies and ac­tiv­i­ties and respite breaks. Au­gust 23, 2017 Reuben’s Re­treat’s fifth birth­day! Join us as we em­bark on the next five years.

The sec­ond REUBall

Guests at the Reuben’s Re­treat 1940s Swing Af­ter­noon Tea

Ni­cola Graham’s son Reuben died in 2012

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