Article by BHM
May 2, 2021 at 12:12 pm
Fancy putting your lockdown running to good use this summer? The local charity You Raise Me Up provides vital support to families after the death of a child aged 16–25, and is looking for runners to run the Brighton Half on June 27th.
2021 marks the charity’s 10-year anniversary and it has set itself a fundraising target of £100k to enable them to continue to provide free specialist emotional and mental health support to bereaved families without the need of referrals or waiting lists at a time when just breathing is hard enough.
In the beginning
Polegate-based charity You Raise Me Up was founded 10 years ago by Jane and Fraser Brooks after the tragic loss of their daughter Megan in May 2011. They found themselves in desperate need of comfort from those that had experienced the same loss. They soon realised that there was not anything out there, so they started You Raise Me Up. It was created with love and care for all those that needed it in a time of the most unimaginable pain and grief.
The charity has grown enormously in the last ten years with people still getting the same personal care, compassion and support that is needed. You Raise Me Up offers one-to-one counselling from experienced counsellors, peer support groups for mums and dads and a sign-posting service. It also has a drop-in centre/coffee shop in Polegate, with staff that are trained to support the mental wellbeing of those that need it. The charity runs a 24-hour crisis helpline.
It costs the charity an average of £3,500 a year to support a family and the need for this service is ever growing. They are keen to ensure the charity can continue to give that level of support to more families.
Using a personal challenge to raise funds for YRMU is an amazing thing. Like all charities, it has faced large losses from the impact of COVID-19, so in 2021 they need the help of fundraising from challenge events just like the Brighton Half Marathon. However, it’s not just about money, but awareness, too. As a part of Team YRMU you can wear a charity vest provided by the charity and share your journey on your social media channels. For every person who sees your challenge, someone is learning about the charity and its important cause.
Find out more about the charity and how to run the Brighton Half for YRMU in June.