Wiltshire Treehouse are welcoming members of the public to do some fundraising for its 'A Week to Remember' campaign.
Since 2014, Wiltshire Treehouse have provided free support to bereaved children, young people and their families in the Swindon and Wiltshire areas, as well as advice and training to those who work with them.
Following the pandemic their services are said to be even more in demand, seeing annually, over a 50% increase in requests for their services these past few years.
The charity's team say this has been further exasperated by lengthy NHS waiting lists for mental health support.
Like many small charities, Wiltshire Treehouse say they are finding it increasingly difficult to secure the funding they require to continue their work into 2023.
Sarah Gillam, Business Director says: “Donations from the public and businesses was all but wiped out during lockdown. We know that everyone is now feeling the pinch, but we implore the local community to help us keep the doors open for those children and young people struggling with bereavement.
"Please join us, raising funds and awareness of the importance of childhood bereavement within our Week To Remember”.
In response to the shortfall Wiltshire Treehouse will be holding A Week to Remember from 19 - 25 September.
This has been inspired in part by the ‘Day to Remember’ workshop that they regularly hold for grieving families.
During the week they are asking individuals and organisations to help them reach their target of £20,000 by holding a multitude of fundraising and sponsorship activities, from the traditional sponsored runs, bake sales and the like, to something less labour intensive like donating 10% of hot drink sales on a particular day, or a silly challenge, like who can build the tallest house of cards within five minutes.
A spokesperson for the charity said: "Any support, no matter how big or small, will all help Wiltshire Treehouse to keep providing their much needed services to those who desperately need them."
Those interested in participating in A Week To Remember 2022 can visit www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk/wk2r for further information.