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Saturday, 26 September 2020


Supporters Rise to the Challenge for Vulnerable Children

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It’s certainly been a different sort of Spring term for everyone and we have had to adapt many of our services so that we can still reach the most vulnerable children who need our support.

We are so lucky to work with a very creative bunch of professionals and together we have produced some innovative ways of reaching out to those children and their families with a range of resources and games to help with movement, reduce stress and improve well-being during the lockdown.

We’ve used this time wisely too to look ahead and make plans for an upsurge in demand for our help as schools begin to re-open next month. We have already had a steady stream of enquiries for our professional services, training and support for school staff.

To help us to prepare for busy times ahead, we have benefitted greatly from a wonderful influx of fundraising from our supporters and friends over the past few weeks. Many of the donations we have had have been anonymous and range from individual ‘Chon Je’ challenges taken up by local supporter Lucas to the dedication of profits from newly released books courtesy of the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Andrew Priestley and his publishing network!

We were super proud of our Head of Therapeutic Services, Becky for setting up a 2.6 Bootcamp Challenge for us with her colleague Kate from ‘Raise the Bar Bootcamps’ Becky and Kate certainly put us through our paces with a full-on virtual workout, followed by a brisk 2.6 km run, raising nearly £2,500 for Clear Sky.

Our wonderful Art Therapist Miriam created a beautiful piece of art for us, to meet our 2.6 Creative Arts Challenge of drawing ‘Something I love’ in under 26 minutes, and raised a whopping £773 in turn!

Miriam said:

The day before yesterday the swifts arrived back from their long migration journey, wheeling and diving and whistling on the wind high above our house. This is a moment I love and I thought about the sun and the wind filling the ‘clear sky’ and about how young people need to feel free to spread their wings and fly.”

We are incredibly grateful for the generous donations which have been made, which will allow us to continue to work hard to provide the much-needed support that children and their families will need as we start to move out of the COVID-19 crisis. There is a very big hill to climb but we are ready for the challenge!

To support Clear Sky, please follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/clearsky

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