Charity shut by funding crisis

Kelly Willison, charity manager of the Me 2 You bereavement and loss charity

Kelly Willison, charity manager of the Me 2 You bereavement and loss charity

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A MUCH loved Wigan charity has been forced to close its doors after running out of funding.

Me 2 You Bereavement & Loss, which was based in Hindley, offered emotional support via therapeutic and creative activities to children and young people following the death of loved ones.

The charity, which was founded in 2009, receives hundreds of referrals from health, education and council authorities, has been forced to close its doors after missing out on lottery funding.

Founder Kelly Willison informed followers of the charity’s Twitter page that it would be closing its doors after pleas for help fell on deaf ears.

She said: “After much discussion we have made the decision to close Me 2 You Bereavement & Loss Charity. This has been a very difficult decision to make and not one that any of us wanted or have taken lightly.

“However, as many of you will be aware we have struggled to secure the funding required to enable us to continue providing the quality level of support and care that we have done over the last 3 years.

“We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and the work we have done, families that we have supported and volunteers that have supported us. Although this is sad news we will all look back over the last three years with very fond memories and Me 2 You will always hold a special part in all of our hearts.

“We will still be holding an evening for all volunteers and families. This evening will be a celebration, and a chance to reflect on what we have achieved and the memories that we’ve made.

“We really hope to see all of you there. The date for the evening will be March 2, full details will follow shortly. We want to take this time to thank you, without any of your support and input Me 2 You would not have been as special as it has been.”

Me 2 You went from strength to strength since it opened three years ago and offered a range of services to users including one-to-one counselling, residential weekend camps and group workshops.

However, its success was also its downfall, because as more referrals came from both the health and local authority and schools across the borough, so the demand for their services increased.

In September they applied for a lottery grant which would have secured funding for them for the year ahead, but it was rejected.

The charity was asked to appeal but funding has run out in the meantime forcing Kelly to take the difficult decision to terminate her employment and ultimately close the charity.

For information on the charity visit http://www.me2youbereavement.org.uk/