Progressive Travel Recruitment chooses Reuben’s Retreat as Charity Partner

As we begin the final stretch of 2017, I’m very pleased to announce that Progressive has chosen Reuben’s Retreat as our chosen charity partner for 2018.

Through a series of fundraising efforts, Progressive Travel Recruitment aims to pledge £3,000 per quarter to the charity plus any additional funds raised by clients and partners. The final goal will be to raise £23,000 in total, a symbolic number for the charity.

Reuben’s Retreat was founded in 2012, two days after Mike and Nicola Graham said goodbye to their 23 month old son, Reuben. Reuben had suffered an ATRT (Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour), a very rare and aggressive form of cancerous tumour that only four to five children will be diagnosed within the UK each year.

Despite still suffering from tremendous grief at the loss of their youngest son, Mike and Nicola were determined to set-up a charity and raise money to create a sanctuary that will be a home-from-home for families coping with the serious illness of a child, providing respite breaks and the chance to build happy memories.

The site purchased for Reuben’s Retreat is a former hospital, built in 1889 and previously known as ‘Woods Hospital’. Following a huge renovation, the historical building will become the fully realised dream of Reuben’s Retreat. Work commenced in 2015, creating a sound foundation but there is still much work to do.

The next phases will see the completion of the hydrotherapy suite, sensory room, movie room, a day activity wing and an Orangery boasting Victorian tea room. The final phases will be the construction of accommodation, with the hope of phasing in four newly renovated and refurbished apartments for beneficiaries.

If work is able to run as scheduled, the multi-million pound project should be complete and running by 2020 but this is reliant upon the charity receiving the necessary donations.

After visiting the retreat, we were certain that this is the charity we wanted to partner with. Mike and Nicola have shown tremendous bravery and resilience following the loss of Reuben and we think the work they’re doing to support families suffering through similar hardships is truly commendable. We are looking forward to supporting Reuben’s Retreat’ in any way that we can.

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