Dear Nicola, Rob and Mick,
(Vees, OAs and St Albans RFCs)
I have just been made aware of the tremendous support and the significant amount of money your rugby clubs recently raised in support of Youth Talk. I wanted to drop you a brief but heartfelt note to say a HUGE thank you on behalf of everyone at the charity.
I’m sure you are aware that growing up in today’s complex and challenging world is not always easy. For a whole variety of reasons, young people can find themselves feeling mentally unwell in ways they’d never expected – through anxiety, depression, family issues, identity and a whole lot more.
Youth Talk provides an open door and a safe, confidential place for young people to talk. Young people can come to us without feeling embarrassed or ashamed and without fear of the stigma that is so often attached to mental health. We do not charge for our services, meaning that any young person can reach out to us for help. In 2018/19, we were able to offer 2,652 counselling sessions to distressed young people. That’s 254 young people who came to us in need and we were able to start helping. It’s a huge achievement that we’re immensely proud of and is only made possible thanks to people such as you.
I would be really grateful if you could pass on our thanks to everyone that was involved in the charity match and let them know that their generosity and kindness will help us to continue to offer much needed support to young people across St Albans and District.
Thank you again to everyone concerned and wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year.
Just thought you would all like to know that as the collection was all in cash, Youth Talk will be able to claim £102.50 in gift aid making the total raised at the Charity Rugby Match over £500!
Many thanks again