Local charity awarded donation to support bereaved children


Local childrens charity, CHUMS has been awarded a £1,200 donation to support its musical therapy programme helping children left traumatised by bereavement.

The award-winning Bedfordshire charity, which provides bereaved youngsters between the ages of three and 18 in Bedfordshire with vital mental health services, received the donation from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to buy musical equipment.

Laura Clifton of the Yorkshire Building Society said: “CHUMS has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of children in the Bedfordshire area and we’re delighted to do anything we can to help support this important work.”

Children who are left too traumatised to talk about their experiences are often helped with musical therapy with studies showing that it can help with anxiety and depression as part of a wider treatment and support plan.

Rapha Tagamori, Recreational Therapeutic Service Area Manager at CHUMS explains “Research shows that musical therapy is effective in helping to treat anxiety and depression, and this can be especially important for children when they’re unable to talk about how they feel”

The donation was funded through the Small Change Big Difference® scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts, last year this totalled £439,304 which was donated to 317 registered charities nominated by members and colleagues from around the UK.

For more information visit Small Change Big Difference

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