There is nothing we would like more than to be welcoming schools and groups to Barnstondale right now. As the charity supporting young people, it’s what Barnstondale exists to do, to provide life-changing opportunities to young people from across Wirral, Merseyside, the North West and beyond.
This is normally the busiest time of the year at the centre, but the gates remain locked. When we originally announced our closure up to 18th May there was still optimism that we would be able to at least partially reopen at that time.
Now, as you all know, things are looking very different; 2020 has been a unique leap year, with 29 days in February, 300 days in March and 5 years in April! May is looking equally challenging and its almost certain now that our provisional reopening date of 18th May will slip.
Right now, we don’t know when we’ll be able to reopen and that’s really frustrating for us. We hate to be disappointing all the young people who have been looking forward to their Barnstondale trip, in some cases for their whole school career. We want to still be here to give them that opportunity to have a life-changing experience in Barnstondale, but the longer we have to stay at home for all those good health and safety reasons, the more difficult it becomes to keep Barnstondale going.
Barnstondale is a charity and we are really going to need help to weather this storm. We’ve always relied on funding and donations to help make improvements to the site, like the target hub, the sensory garden or refitting the climbing wall, but right now our biggest challenge is getting donations to keep Barnstondale operational.
Perhaps you have visited Barnstondale in the past and found your experience at the centre to be life changing and perhaps you could now pay it forward so that some other young person will have that opportunity in future? Perhaps you’re the parent of a child who has had great experiences at Barnstondale and you’d like other children to have that chance? Perhaps you’re a local who benefitted from the successful Community Fibre Partnership we ran to massively improve Internet access in the area? Perhaps you’re a regular donor who is just waiting to hear what we need right now?
Whatever your reasons, its clear that Barnstondale, the charity supporting young people, is really going to struggle to survive without donations. Please, can you help keep the centre going?
You can click the donation button below to give quickly and easily online via Virgin Moneygiving, or if you’d like to discuss other ways in which you could donate then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We really want to see Barnstondale able to open its gates again, to help support the new generations of young people who will find a transformative experience at the centre. You can help make that happen. Thank you for your help!