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Young People’s Counselling Service and The Trussell Trust

The staff at Hunt & Coombs are asked to vote for their choice of two charities – a local charity and a national charity with a local presence. This year, the result of the vote was to support two charities doing amazing things for their local communities – the Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) and the Trussell Trust supporting local food banks.

YPCS is a charity providing a free and confidential service that can be accessed by anyone aged between 11 and 18 years old in emotional difficulty. Common problems encountered include family and relationship difficulties, issues regarding loneliness and anxiety, problems associated with low self-esteem and bullying, self-harm, abuse, addiction, distress through bereavement or loss, depression and difficulty with decision making. The charity relies on donations to keep services running and have still been able to support hundreds of young people in need. 3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support that they need. Just 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health and only 16% of this is spent on early intervention.

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. The trust also campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. Their vision is that no one in the UK should need a food bank’s help because everyone has enough money coming in to cover the essentials. Financial and food donations, corporate partnerships, fundraising challenges, and volunteering opportunities are just some of the ways to help the trust. They are a national charity but have a local presence in all our locations: Peterborough, Huntingdon (Godmanchester), Oundle (Stamford & Oundle), St Neots and Cambridge (Cambridge City).

The fundraising will kick off with a Christmas campaign to both raise money, through a Christmas jumper day and bake/mince pie sale, and a collection for local food bank donations.

If you would like to support us with our fundraising for two very important local charities, you can donate using our JustGiving pages:

All donations gratefully received.

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