Funding boost for Northumberland charity

A programme helping people is to continue thanks to a donation.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 8:00 am
Tom, one of those helped by Hextol.

The Hextol Foundation helps people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and special educational needs to maintain a level of routine, purpose and social contact.

It has now received £10,000 from the Bernica Foundation to help staff continue engaging with service users safely in person and remotely during lockdown when facilities and activities were forced to close.

Bruce Howorth, of The Hextol Foundation, said: “The last year has been extremely challenging but as we now begin to look ahead, it’s fair to say the donation from The Bernicia Foundation amongst others has been an absolute lifeline, not just for us as a charity, but also for our beneficiaries and their families.

“We’re now beginning to reopen our services which is great news as many are telling us that they’re desperate to come back to see their friends.

“We work with approximately 60 beneficiaries aged from 16 to 66-years-old at any one time, all individually making a positive contribution as valued members of society.”

Tom, one of many service users benefitting from the programme who works in gardening services as well as at the Tans café, said: “I have learned lots of different things at Hextol.

"I can now help my mum look after her garden and having been taught how to clean the kitchen at the café, she now expects me to do the same at home as well!

"I enjoy the independence it gives me, and am really looking forward to getting back to work and seeing my friends again.”