By Lesley Powell-Cullingford

The amazing Polegate charity that offers financial and emotional support to families who have lost a young adult between the ages of 16 and 25.

10 year anniversary

With the roadmap to lifting COVID restrictions You Raise Me Up has rebooked its postponed events from 2021. We can offer the chances to fulfil life goals, putting all your lockdown running and cycling to good use to team events all supporting our Charity and raising awareness of our work with families after the death of a child aged 16 to 25.

2021 marks our 10 year Anniversary and we have set ourself a fundraising target of £100k to enable us to continue to provide free immediate, specialist, emotional and mental health support to bereaved families without the need of referrals or waiting lists at a time when just breathing is hard enough.

In the beginning

Polegate charity You Raise Me Up was founded 10 years ago by Jane and Fraser Brooks after the tragic loss of their daughter Megan in May 2011. They found themselves in desperate need of comfort from those that had experienced the same loss. They soon realised that there was not anything out there, so they started You Raise Me Up. It was created with love and care for all those that needed it in a time of the most unimaginable pain and grief. The charity has grown enormously in the last ten years with people still getting the same personal care, compassion and support that is needed.

You Raise Me Up offers one-to-one counselling from experienced counsellors, peer support groups for Mum’s and Dad’s and a sign posting service. It also has a drop-in centre/coffee shop in Polegate with staff that are trained to support the mental wellbeing of those that need it. The charity runs a 24-hour crisis helpline.

Continued support

It costs the charity an average of £3,500 a year to support a family and the need for this service is ever growing. We need to ensure that we can continue to give that level of support.

You Raise Me Up is now run by CEO Leesa Pattison, the trustees and a small extremely dedicated team.

Personal challenge

Using a personal challenge to raise funds for YRMU is an amazing thing. Like all charities, we have faced large losses from the impact of COVID-19, so in 2021 we need the help of fundraising from challenge events just like the Brighton Half Marathon, our Skydive and the London to Brighton Cycle Ride to keep services running. However, it’s not just about money, but awareness too. As a part of Team YRMU you can wear a charity vest provided by us and share your journey on your multiple social media channels. For every person who sees your challenge, someone is learning about the charity and our cause. Raising awareness can be just as key as raising funds, and this awareness could have a long-term impact. You inspire new supporters and new fundraisers, and before you know it one action has triggered hundreds more just like yours.

Team work

Being part of Team YRMU in this most important year means you are part of a team that is supporting each other to achieve a common goal taking on your challenge for our cause, for the family and friends that have sponsored you, for the impact you know you will have on people who need help the most. They are taking on a challenge for those who can’t – what’s better motivation than that?

Free registration to Brighton Half Marathon

There are now no general entry places for the Brighton Half Marathon – only charity places left. The next 10 people to sign will get free registration. Worried about raising £300 – that’s just 30 family and friends donating £10 each. Easy. Just the training to do to be ready for Sunday 27th June.

And there’s more

This is the 4th year of our Skydive at Go Skydive in Salisbury. We have places available on Saturday 3rd July. No training needed for this!

Has cycling got you through the past year? Join our Team for the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on Sunday 19th September.

Golf courses are open again! The charity started with a Golf Day at Willingdon Golf Course back in 2011 and now we return there on Friday 16th July 2021. Enter a team, sponsor a hole, or join the After Party and dance the night away. All details are on our website at:

Support from businesses

If it all sounds too much – Our Support Centre Coffee Shop is now open for takeaways with indoor service resuming on May 17th. Not only is it the home of the Charity with our Memory Trees but a hub for the Community relieving loneliness and isolation. We are looking for businesses to help us re-furbish our Centre as part of our 10 year commemorations.

Not alone

However you are able to support us it will make a difference to families suffering the most unimaginable pain and help us to be able to say “you are not alone” for another 10 years and more.

58b High Street, Willingdon

Polegate BN26 6AD

01323 482772

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