Charity of the year: Leigh House

 21st Jun 2016

Last year WP raised funds for chosen charity, Rose Road Association throughout our summer shows. Rose Road Association supports young children who have multiple and complex health needs; we are proud to announce that last year we raised £828.04 to help them further their cause.

This year, WP has decided to take its fundraising challenge further to nominate and support a chosen charity for the entire year. This year’s chosen charity is Leigh House, an acute adolescent psychiatric service providing inpatient treatment for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. 

Set in Hampshire, this award winning, purpose built hospital provides a comprehensive treatment programme for young people experiencing acute mental illness, such as depression and psychotic disorders. 

Young people are usually referred to this service by a community child and adolescent psychiatrist, with the agreement of the young person and their family or carers. Each young person has a ‘core team’ to develop and monitor treatment plans and progress. A wide range of therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (which aims to change the way you think and feel) are incorporated into young people’s treatment programmes. Treatment plans are developed with individual needs in mind.

Tackling stigma is a priority for the Trust. Research shows 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime, but are often afraid to ask for help because of the stigma they face. The team at Leigh House work hard to increase awareness of mental health issues to help end discrimination.

The charity, Brighterway, provides a platform to go above and beyond for the patients by providing the teams and services with funding and fundraising support for new equipment, improved facilities, pilot projects and innovations. But of course, this is only possible with your support and generosity.

By supporting Brighterway, we hope to play our part in helping to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and independence of the people that are cared for at Leigh House, aid their recovery and prevent them from becoming unwell. Brighterway only supports areas that the NHS cannot fund, which means every penny donated gives people the chance to get more out of life.

To date we have raised £276 for Leigh house, with summer shows and in-house activities booked in our diary, we hope to have raised £1,500 by the end of 2016.

To find out more about Brighterway and the work that it supports, you can visit the dedicated website www.brighterway.org.uk. You can also sign up as a supporter to receive regular updates about opportunities to get involved. 

If you would like to speak to someone about Brighterway and how you can show your support, please call 023 8087 4086 or email

 

 

 

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