Despite the government’s pledge to increase support for mental health services for children and young people, this is not happening. Apparently there have been cuts and closures in these services. This leaves young people having to present with more serious problems, often having moved into physical self-harming or suicide before being recognised as needing treatment. Consequently lots of young people are experiencing mind pain and their families left without support to help them with this. Unresolved pain in the mind – depression, anxiety, poor self esteem, unresolved anger issues will all come to fruition at some point in the future, possibly in a more extreme way (and in some cases radicalisation). This does not reflect well on our government and institutions as being caring. These young people are the future and we need to help them, support them and be compassionate about their needs. These services need to be funded and ring-fenced to avoid money being used for other probably under-funded services.
Statement from Bonnie Cracknell, in response to BBC Radio 4 Your and Yours programme broadcast 22nd May
Autumn flower arranging on the eve of the harvest Moon at The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Thursday 15th September 2016 7 – 8.30 pm
On the eve of the harvest moon come and make an autumnal vase arrangement with the London Flower Farmer and help raise money for The Sunny Fund. All the money raised from the evening will go directly to the Sunny Fund, helping vulnerable children who have very little to nourish their lives.
The evening will be held in the Pineapple House at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden (13 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF). Using flowers and seasonal foliage grown in Walthamstow by the London Flower Farmer. You will learn how to make a vase arrangement in a natural style. All materials provided, including a glass of wine. Places are limited, to book a place either contact email@example.com www.instagram.com/london_flower_farmer/
The Sunny Fund was set up by the friends and family of Sunny Cracknell in response to his death in 2004, following an unprovoked attack in Islington, London. Sunny was a dynamic, charismatic young man, gentle and caring to those he loved. His love for life with his positive energy and outlook inspired all his friends and family.
The Sunny Fund aims to motivate and inspire young people to develop themselves to their full potential, without harming others and by having respect for differing views and the fragility of life. We seek to help young people who are limited by social and economic hardship by:
- Making time and a safe space for young people
- Providing positive new experiences
- Supporting individuals through financing specialist help and therapeutic input.