Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London

by Aurora Foundation for People Abused in Childhood
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Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London
Helping ten victims of childhood abuse in London

The aim of Aurora's Crowdfunding Campaign was to raise funds so we could provide free or subsidised counselling  for people abused in childhood. The money you have kindly donated to this cause has enabled us to now provide support for three people, and one of them wants to say:

Hi there my name is “John”.  I have been coming to Aurora for nearly four months now and I have come on so well.  I was abused as a child and I was in such a bad place before so my GP gave Aurora’s details and I contacted them.  I have never looked back.  It’s such a great place to go and talk and the help you get is outstanding.  Even when I still have bad days I can call and have a chat to one of the team which always seems to help.  

There is no way I could do this without the funding because I can’t afford to pay for my help, I am on a low wage and when I’m sick from work I don’t get paid.  Although this is not as regular as it once was I still have bad days and I just can’t work.  I would like to thank you all very much for the funding.

The counselling offered at Aurora is "open-ended" and clients get support for as long as they need it. The abuse suffered by many victims of childhood abuse means the support has to be long term to help them to sufficiently recover so they can lead more fulfilling lives.  

The donations given so generously by you have enabled "John" to get the counselling he couldn't have received without your help, but we do need more funding so we can help him continue counselling for as long as he needs it.  If you can, please forward this to others who might be able to support "John". 

One other thing to mention, the "Song for Aurora" that accompanied Aurora's Crowdfunding Campaign (i.e. You've Got a Friend) is being covered by the "Aurora Chorus" a new singing group made up of Aurora clients and team members.  We will be recording the song sometime in the New Year so watch this space!

Thank you. 

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Aurora's first Crowdfunding Campaign ended a short while ago and I'm really pleased (and slightly overwhelmed) at the amazing response it received.  We managed to easily surpass our own target by reaching £6100 and nearly 220 people donated to our cause. Absolutely fantastic!  Again, many thanks to everyone who donated.

The aim of the campaign was to raise funds so we could provide free or subsidised counselling for people abused in childhood.  Of the two people highlighted in our video we were able to resume support for Julie and she has this to say:

The only thing I have to say is how grateful I am for the generosity of people. How strange it is for me that I've been considered to be helped by Aurora. It always surprises me when such kindness is shown to me, I feel touched and full of gratitude.

The other person highlighted in the video (James) has not resumed therapy and he explains this himself:

I am very grateful for this but have already been offered counselling starting soon so your kindness and help might now give someone else a chance on the road to recovery.

We wish James the very best in his new counselling journey.  Although James is not resuming counselling at Aurora we are in fact already giving "someone else a chance on the road to recovery" and we were able to begin counselling with a new client last week.  We now have two people benefiting from your generosity and I will be updating you as more people are helped by the donations you generously made to Aurora.

Two other bits of news to mention. One of Aurora's Trustees (and his wife) will be walking 26.25 miles (marathon distance) along the River Thames from Tower Bridge to Hampton Court on Bank Holiday Monday Aug 31 to raise more funds for Aurora,  I will adding more information to our profile here shortly. 

The other news is that from 1 August Aurora changed its name to “Aurora Foundation for People Abused in Childhood”.  We feel that this new name raises our profile and makes it more explicit what we are doing.

Please also a link to a Message from Susannah (Aurora's CEO) below.

Best wishes.

Nick

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Aurora Foundation for People Abused in Childhood

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @AuroraHealthUK
Project Leader:
Nick Gauntlett
London, United Kingdom

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