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Borough charity benefits from music night to ease stress on younger people

Shaun Reynolds 28th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A BOROUGH charity which helps relieve stress and anxiety on younger people successfully raised over £950 at a charity concert held at the Oliver Bird Hall.

This Way Up, based on Kineton Green Road in Olton, welcomed over 100 people to the hall on Saturday (April 16) as seven-piece-band The JamHounds hosted an evening of live music.

The band performed some of their favourite soul, disco, funk, rock and pop covers and raised £970 to support the charity’s work.

Currently, it takes £25 per hour for This Way Up to continue reaching out to young people in the Solihull community.

In the 2013/14 academic year, This Way Up supported 220 children and young people – who had been affected by parent separation and bereavement.

A report revealed that 92 per cent of young people will experience a significant bereavement before the age of 16 – and half of all children born today will experience a family breakdown by the age of 16.

This Way Up charity manager Cheryl Hawkins said: “A young person may often have the sense that they are alone in working through their feelings of loss while having to manage the pressures of school work, exams, friendships and life expectations.

“The money raised will enable us to train more pastoral mentors to be able to work with more young people in more schools.

“Every week we receive phone calls from parents, teachers, school nurses and GPs requesting to access our service, and the money raised tonight helps us to meet more of this need.”

For more information and to pledge a donation to This Way Up, contact admin@twup.org.uk

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