Published on September 10th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Post Office Shop Visits Reuben’s Retreat
During a visit to their premises last week, Post Office Shop donated several items to the children’s charity Reuben’s Retreat, whilst also learning about the worthwhile work they conduct daily.
Situated in the North West countryside of England, Reuben’s Retreat is a charity set up in the fond memory of Reuben Michael Graham, who tragically passed away at the age of 23 months in 2012. Relying solely on public donations, Reuben’s Retreat work tirelessly to help care for children with life limiting or life-threatening illnesses and provide support for their immediate family. As part of the Post Office Shop’s promise to help support charities like Reuben’s Retreat, we arranged a visit to their Glossop retreat to learn more about their ongoing mission and upcoming multi-million-pound renovation project.
To help raise money towards the project, the team at the Post Office Shop were also more than willing to donate several items including 20 Minions branded Mugs, 3 Doctor Who wall art pieces and a Football themed stamps canvas to the cause, but the charity still requires more funding from the generous public to make their vision a reality.
Dating back to 1889, the originally named ‘Woods Hospital’ building has become Reuben Retreat’s forever home. The retreat has become a place for affected families to hold their holidays at, providing them with a chance to create memories, relax in a calming environment and recharge at their own pace. With their ambition to create an environment that emphasizes their mission of care and support for those who need it the most, Reuben’s Retreat have begun work on a refurbishment project, with the first phase having commenced in 2015. Known now as “The Lodge at Reuben’s”, the building acts as the retreat’s bereavement, counselling and main support centre, having opened its doors in November 2015.
The next year, 2016, saw the charity start to improve the facilities and overall maintenance of the building. This included a full renovation of their roofing, alongside other works which would ensure better protection of the building itself. Following these first few stages, Reuben’s Retreat are now hoping to be able to fund several more developments including a hydrotherapy suite, sensory room and a full completion of the day activity wing.
The Next Refurbishment Stages
Subject to the funding they achieve, Reuben’s Retreat hope to introduce an ‘Orangery’ onto the site, which will also host a Victorian Style Tea Room named “Nannies at Reuben’s”. With the aim to help engage the local community along with generating essential incoming revenue, these plans will be followed by new accommodation for anyone using the retreat. The new accommodation plans include 4 newly refurbished and renovated apartments to help house on-site patients and beneficiaries. Should everything go according to plan, the refurbishment work is scheduled to be up and running completely by 2020, with Reuben’s Retreat reiterating that this is a community project to be built with love, generosity and trust.
To learn more about Reuben’s story and to find out more information about the amazing work that Reuben’s Retreat does, please visit http://www.reubensretreat.org/.
If you would like to make a difference and provide a donation towards their new renovation project, then please click here.