By William Wood | In Charity
If U Care Share, a charity Micah has supported since 2009, has received a major boost after securing a £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).
The charity, which aims to encourage young people to discuss their problems and concerns, was set up after the death of teenager Daniel O’Hare in 2005.
The 19-year-old’s parents, Shirley and Dean Smith, wanted to prevent other such tragedies and encourage young people to discuss any problems they have, and they work with schools and youth groups to tackle the problem and offer support to families devastated by a loved one’s suicide from their base in the North East.
Micah was made Ambassador for the charity in 2009 after hearing about the work they do, which struck a chord with him having lost a childhood friend, Daniel Nelson, to suicide in 2005.
On the news of the BLF, Dean Smith said: “Since we received news of our grant I have been completely overwhelmed. This support from the BLF is vital to a charity of our size and will allow us to continue and expand our work over the next five years and beyond.
“This will now allow us to expand our work around our three main objectives of prevention, intervention and support of those affected by suicide.
“This funding will make a huge difference to a large amount of people in our immediate and surrounding areas.
“We will continue our work within schools and football clubs, and we’ve worked with more than 3,000 young people this year.
“With the funding from BLF, we anticipate this figure to be closer to 4,000 per year.
“It will also allow us to work with young people on a closer one-to-one basis at a time of need while also delivering training to those people working with young people to identify the signs of those at risk.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all who play the National Lottery as without their participation we would not have received this funding.”
For more information about If U Care Share, visit www.ifucareshare.co.uk