On the 17th September, a team of 12 PSS staff will be taking part in the Nuclear Blast 5km in aid of The Children's Burns Club (CBC); a charity which supports children in London and the South East who have suffered burns injuries.
Recovery from such injuries can be a painful, difficult and long process. The psychological impact on both the children and their families can be significant, as all involved work towards overcoming what is often an extremely traumatic experience. Many of the children experience an altered body image which can impact significantly on thier self-esteem; often affecting thier social and emotional development and leaving them vulnerable to problems such as depression and anxiety.
Based in Essex, the CBC provides opportunities to meet other children and families who have had a similar experience as well as offering various opportunities for support and rehabilitation. The Clubs aim is to provide this support in the way of events which include activities that are both fun and challenging, in order to help build self-esteem whilst interacting with other victims and survivors. The Club also runs workshops and support groups alongside such event offering support, guidance and a platform for members and their families to openly share information.
The charity falls under the umbrella of the Mid Essex Hospital Trust, therefore the hospital fund all staffing costs so that any raised monies go directly to benefit the Clubs members and their families..
£20 would fund a place for a child to attend a workshop focusing on Bullying and overcoming this, which would also include an outdoor activity such as climbing or sailing.. £100 would fund a 2 night mini-camp place for a child at an activity center including a workshop focusing on Confidence Building.. And that is just a very small snippet of opportunities offered by the Club for its members.
We would urge you to take just a couple of minutes to watch the following video which shows some of their work; the Club relies on fundraising and donations to enable them to continue this important work, and the feedback from the victims and their families is that it really does make all the difference.
Please dig deep for this wonderful organisation.