Learning for Life Appeal extended

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for Harmeny’s fundraising appeal this year with some significant highs and lows. Neil Squires, Harmeny’s Chief Executive, provides the latest update on a tumultuous year.

£1.95m reached thanks to your support

Over the summer we received an incredibly generous legacy from our former Chair of Trustees, Margery Browning – providing the appeal with a £300k boost. Along with the support of other amazing donors and funders, this meant that we reached our target of £1.95m by the end of October!

The late Margery Browning (right) at Harmeny in 2018. Margery recently gifted over £300k to Harmeny in her will

Building works delayed and target raised to £3.1m

However, as a result of the perfect storm of Covid and Brexit on the building industry, tender results we received over the summer revealed costs had seriously escalated. As a result we had to make the difficult decision to pause the build (originally planned to commence in September) in order to raise more funds.

We are now planning to complete the Hub in June 2023 and have extended our fundraising appeal to October 2022 to raise the additional funds needed to make it a reality. I’m thrilled to announce that further funding towards the new £3.1m target has already been secured, with £2.2m raised so far! 

The new Learning Hub now must be completed by June 2023

We continue to meet our commitments to our older children

Whilst we are disappointed that the building of the Learning Hub has not yet started, we remain fully committed to delivering the project. We will ensure that our remarkable young people, those already at Harmeny and others in the future, have the spaces and opportunities they need to rebuild their lives and reshape their futures.

We are determined to meet the commitments we made to our older children. We are already in the process of refurbishing one of our residential cottages so that from August 2022 our young people will have the option to remain at Harmeny beyond age 14, if this best meets their needs. Alongside this new home for older children, we will adapt one of our existing learning facilities for the delivery of a new secondary curriculum to this older age group, until the construction of the Learning Hub is complete.  

“We are always teaching our children about resilience and overcoming life’s hurdles. As our children rise to the ongoing challenges presented by Covid, they in turn inspire us to continue our efforts to raise the funds needed to achieve our goals.”

Neil Squires, Chief Executive

Learning Hub remains pivotal to improving the lives of young people

From the academic year starting in 2023, our secondary age young people will need greater capacity and specialist vocational spaces, so the Learning Hub remains central to their needs. We also need the Learning Hub to deliver a new day learning program for young people living with disadvantage and adversity in our wider community who are at risk of exclusion from school, and who are likely to have been most impacted by Covid. 

We are always teaching our children about resilience and overcoming life’s hurdles. As our children rise to the ongoing challenges presented by Covid, they in turn inspire us to continue in our efforts to raise the funds needed to achieve our goals.

Together we can rebuild lives and reshape futures

More than ever, we need your continuing help to deliver care and learning to young people who have experienced early years trauma. If you would like further information about our plans or would be willing to consider a gift, or fundraise to help reach our new target, please get in touch.