Axminster charity is hoping for a £15,000 birthday present

PUBLISHED: 07:03 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:52 05 September 2017

The Project team (l to r)  Fiona Lewis, volunteer Hayley Jones who has put together the Crowdfunding campaign, Debbie Humberstone and Lorna Davis.  Picture: SUBMITTED

The Project team (l to r) Fiona Lewis, volunteer Hayley Jones who has put together the Crowdfunding campaign, Debbie Humberstone and Lorna Davis. Picture: SUBMITTED

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The Project launches a ‘crowdfunding’ appeal to continue its vital work as it celebrates its fourth anniversary

Axminster-based charity The Project aims to celebrate its fourth birthday in style this month – by raising at least £15,000!

The money would provide the youth mental health team with the remaining funds needed to continue running its services, including peer support groups in Axminster and Chard, for another year.

The Project, which is part of Action East Devon, provides a vital service for young people with mental and emotional health issues aged 13-24 across East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset.

Through its peer support groups, it helps up to 80 young people at any one time. Part-funded by Comic Relief, it raises match funding through donations and fundraising from organisations, groups and individuals.

Providing a place in one of its support groups for a young person with mental health issues costs The Project £1,200 per year, so it relies on the generosity of supporters to keep this service free and accessible to all. It hopes that in running a successful crowdfunding campaign, it can secure the money needed to safeguard its immediate future.

People can donate to the #Support4September campaign, gaining one of the amazing rewards on offer in the process, by visiting www.crowdfunder.co.uk/theprojectyp

Debbie Humberstone, The Project’s founder, said: “Since The Project opened four years ago, it has grown and expanded the support it offers so more young people are now able to benefit. “As it grows, the amount we need to raise each year to keep the service running also increases. Grant funding is becoming harder and harder to secure, so in addition to generating our own income through our successful mental health training courses, we are trying out crowdfunding as a way of raising funds.

“So many young people now rely on our support to help them through difficult times, and we work tirelessly to keep our groups running. We now have waiting lists for some of our groups as more and more young people turn to us, and demand for places increases.”

“By supporting The Project this September, you will ensure they can support young people in future.”

For more information visit www.theprojectyp.org.uk, call 07970 167341 or email info@theprojectyp.org.uk .

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