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Tameside Advertiser - - REUBEN’S RETREAT | YOUR COUNTRYSIDE } MUSEUM -

THOUGHT this week I would give you an up­date on how phase one is com­ing along. Phase one will be open by this sum­mer and will be­come ‘The Lodge at Reuben’s’.

It will serve as our be­reave­ment coun­selling and sup­port cen­tre for our par­ents and sib­lings that have or may lose a child.

It will also have an apart­ment, of­fice space, kitchen and func­tion room so that we can put on many events for our fam­i­lies.

We raised our first mil­lion in 23 months, a tar­get we set our­selves as 23 months was how long we were blessed with Reuben for.

Our first mil­lion has se­cured our retreat, sup­ported 134 fam­i­lies and en­abled us to ren­o­vate phase one.

We now need to raise our sec­ond and third mil­lion in or­der to com­plete our huge retreat.

We think this will take around three to five years as our project is huge, made up of around eight

l● Reuben phased projects. Once com­pleted the retreat will house four self cater­ing apart­ments, a tea room, hy­drother­apy suite, sen­sory room, of­fice space, day room, man­age­rial quar­ters and more.

This week I would like to thank TKC at Den­ton for kindly do­nat­ing our kitchen for phase one.

Thank you to Beth, Manu and the team for not only do­nat­ing our kitchen but for putting Uni­ver­sal Gran­ite for­ward to sup­port too.

Also a huge thank you to A-Plant Hire who kindly do­nated around £6k worth of plant hire equip­ment to sup­port our ini­tial struc­tural works.

Our lodge has be­come a project within a project and is heav­ily sup­ported by tal­ent, skills, dona­tions, ser­vices and vol­un­teers.

The ex­ten­sion is now in, the roof is be­ing re­furbed, walls knocked down and new rooms cre­ated and plas­ter­ing has started too.

Thank you this week to Marks and Spencer, Ash­ton, for choos­ing us as char­ity of choice.

Also Bux­ton and Leek Col­lege for their sup­port and re­cent in­vite to present.

Thank you to St Ge­orge’s Church, Im­pe­rial Ge­orge Ladies lodge, TSB Greater Manch­ester re­gion and Sal­ford Col­lege for their dona­tions.

Also a big thank you to Bob and Irene Skupham from The Wheat­sheaf in Glossop for their regular quiz dona­tions.

We wish them well on their re­tire­ment and send best wishes to them and also to the new land­lord and land­lady at The Wheat­sheaf pub too.

Thank you to BNI and Carol at Bolton for invit­ing us to speak at their re­cent meet­ing too.

One of our vol­un­teers Pat is ar­rang­ing a craft fair in Glossop for Oc­to­ber 18, at the hall on St Mary’s Road. It is £6 a ta­ble if you’d like to at­tend and you can re­serve a ta­ble by ring­ing our of­fice on 01457 680023.

And fi­nally a big thank you to our sup­port­ers at Den­ton Golf Club.

If you would like to book a team at their forth­com­ing golf day on May 8, please get in touch. £60 per team of four.

Once phase one is com­plete, we need to start work to re­pair the roof on our big build. For this we are cur­rently es­ti­mat­ing the scope of works to be around £80k to £100k so that will be our next aim, to raise suf­fi­cient funds to carry out this vi­tal work.

If you’d like to sup­port our build please text a do­na­tion to 70070 and type in the mes­sage BUIL23 £5 or any amount from £1 to £10. Every­body has some­thing to bring to Reuben’s Retreat. Thank you.

Good luck to all our run­ners in train­ing and a mas­sive well done to our Lon­don Marathon run­ners Sarah, Rachael, Chris, Paul, Juliet and Jon. Next stop the Manch­ester 10k, see you there May 10.

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