Why we're supporting CHUMS this year
It's been a while since our last home game which was on Boxing day against Wycombe. And with the arrival of our new manager, Nathan Jones, there's a lot of excitement building around tomorrow's match with Cambridge United, not least for our Club Charity of the Year, CHUMS.
Since the beginning of the season, we've been working closely with the team at CHUMS to help support their work in a number of different ways, through fundraising, helping to raise their profile and providing access to matches and experiences for young people and families who use their services.
When we began working with our official charities we allocated a dedicated match to each of the three organisations (CHUMS, LAMP and Happy Days), to give them the best possible chance to raise money and awareness. For CHUMS, as our Club charity of the year, this also included the opportunity to see their logo on the front of the players shirts when they run out against Cambridge.
CHUMS offer a number of vital services for young people and families with mental health and emotional wellbeing across Luton and Bedfordshire. These include:
- Bereavement Service: to meet the needs of children and their families following the death of someone close, however they may have died.
- Trauma Service: to offer additional specialist support to children and young people bereaved by murder, suicide or other sudden death. The aim of this support is to reduce distress and increase functioning.The Trauma Service is also able to support other child based trauma in some areas in the county, including sexual abuse, witness to domestic violence or witness to another traumatic event.
- Emotional Wellbeing Service: The service offers support to children and young people in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
- Recreational Service: The service offers therapeutic support using football and music to support children and young people across Luton and Bedfordshire.
- Suicide Response Service: To offer an immediate response to families where someone dies by suicide; support is offered to both adults and children/young people.
- Young Carers Service: This service supports children and young people aged 5-18 who are helping to care for someone with a disability, chronic or serious illness, mental health condition, learning difficulty etc, whether that be a parent or sibling.
This week, we've got Nathan Jones' signed shirt up for auction over on ebay which closes on Saturday. Get your bids in now!
Our fundraising efforts will continue for the rest of the season, if you'd like to make a donation to CHUMS, you can do so on our JustGiving page.
If you would like to make a donation to CHUMS, you can do so by texting: “LUTN16 £” followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70070. So to donate £5, you would need to text: LUTN16 £5