Reuben’s Retreat, a charity set up in 2012, has unveiled the property that will become a retreat for UK families who have children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

The extensive property, situated in 1.63 acres in the Peak District, will now be renovated into a place where whole families can go and receive respite care as well as bereavement counselling. The charity’s main aim is that families can go to Reuben’s Retreat to relax, recharge and build memories.

Reuben’s Retreat was founded in August 2012 by Nicola Graham following the sudden and tragic loss of her 23 month old youngest son Reuben. Reuben fell ill after taking a small tumble while on a family holiday in Devon. His parents took him to A&E expecting to be given medication and sent home but scans revealed a rare and aggressive brain tumour. He was immediately transferred to hospital in Bristol but sadly never regained consciousness and passed away a week later in his mother’s arms.

Nicola and her husband Mike were determined that Reuben’s death would not be in vain and wanted to help families who find themselves in the same devastating situation by creating a place of solace and comfort as well as happiness . Her mission is to raise £1million in 23 months and exactly on the 20 month mark they have received the keys to Reuben’s Retreat.

Nicola Graham comments:

“I want to thank everyone who has helped us get to this stage. Announcing our property purchase is the biggest thing we have done as a charity to date. It’s the perfect place to create Reuben’s Retreat and the sheer size of the place will allow us to help lots of families. We currently have enough funds to renovate a quarter of the property to facilitate a bereavement centre and will continue to push towards our magic million and beyond to open the doors of Reuben’s Retreat as soon as possible.”

The charity is working closely with a voluntary design team to create the new layout and make their vision a reality.

Nicola continues:

“We would welcome help from businesses all over the North West in helping us open the doors of Reuben’s Retreat as soon as we can. We are constantly staggered by the generosity of people in the region and are determined to make the Retreat a place that belongs to not just the charity but as part of the community as a whole.”