Clear Sky
Posted: 31st July 2019

Clear Sky Children’s Charity has been awarded a grant of £15,000 to support children who are struggling due to trauma. This grant will help up to 60 children who have experienced bereavement, family breakdown, bullying or domestic abuse

Supporting children in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

The charity offers one to one support for children and joint play therapy sessions with children and their parents. They also support the wellbeing of children in schools by producing resources to train and support teachers so that they can help the children they teach.

Anna Hodgson, Captain of Clear Sky says

Our children are facing a mental health crisis and we know how to help. Our aim is for all children to be happy, love life and enjoy school. This grant will enable us to provide one to one play and creative arts therapy for up to 60 children over the next three years. For every £1 spent on early intervention, it saves society £15 in the future. We are grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for their support in helping us towards our £80,000 fundraising target.

Berkshire freemasons visit Clear Sky to take part in play therapy

Maurice Dixon, from  Didcot Masonic Lodge and Keith Winterbone from  Ingham Clark Lodge, visited the charity to find out more about their work and were treated to an example of play therapy by Becky Hill, Head of Therapeutic Thinking.

Maurice said, “I have worked with young people and schools for many years and recognise that children face huge disadvantages if they do not receive help early on. Sophia (CEO and founder) has created a highly qualified team with a breadth of experience and the Didcot lodges are delighted to be able to support this local charity.”

Berkshire freemason, Anthony Howlett-Bolton said, “I am pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation have recognised the important contribution Clear Sky make to the wellbeing of children in our area and that this grant will be used to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. I encourage teachers to contact the charity as there will be children in your schools who would benefit from the support they offer.”