Charity seeks new funds for counselling

Jay Prosser, Samantha Ronnay, Louise Russell and Michelle Lay

Jay Prosser, Samantha Ronnay, Louise Russell and Michelle Lay

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Funds are being raised to continue a charity which offers mental health counselling to teenagers in Whittlesey, Yaxley and Stanground.

The Whittlesey Young People’s Counselling Service faces a growing waiting list and uncertainty as to whether its funding for the past six years will be continued.

Since April 2014 the service, which is based at the Jenner Health Centre in Turners Lane, Whittlesey, says it has received 120 referrals from GP practices and schools.

Of those referrals, 90 young people have received between six and 12 sessions of counselling each.

The fundraising campaign has begun well with a £3,500 donation from consumer insurance group BGL, whose head office is in Peterborough.

Louise Russell, the charity’s chairwoman, said: “I was really taken aback and choked by the value of the donation because it means we will be able to see 10 students which is pretty amazing.

“What took me aback even more was that they get other bids but everybody in their committee said yes to us straight away.”

And in further goods news, the Norwich and Peterborough branch in Whittlesey has selected the service to be one of its nominated charities.

Cath Mitchell, local chief officer, Greater Peterborough Local Commissioning Group, said: “We are currently in the process of finalising our budgets and we are in discussions with Whittlesey Young People’s Counselling Service about the future funding for the service.”

The charity is also running a competition to design its new logo. Designs should be emailed to louiserussell8@me.com or can be sent to the Jenner Health Centre marked for Louise Russell’s attention.

To donate, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/louise-russell-1.