Founder of Saltford's Clover House hopes for lifeline as children's chairty faces closure

Published on: 05 Aug 2016

A Saltford-based children’s charity facing closure next month is hoping for a lifeline.

Clover House’s trustees say the organisation, which provides drug-free therapy for children suffering trauma, will close in September unless a solution is found after a drop in the funding it relies on from various sources.

The charity, in Bath Road, was set up by Jill Gill and Basil Jones in 1996, developing treatments for youngsters based on nutrition, massage and imagery. Jill said they would like Clover House to survive but would be willing to work with another charity.

She said: “Clover House is the only charity with a drug-free cure and consistent 75 per cent success rate. The trustees have come to a difficult decision, which I understand, but having spent 20 years developing this successful therapy, and with so many traumatised children desperately needing help, we're considering all options to ensure our services remain available.

“We would, ideally, prefer Clover House to continue, but are willing to share the secrets of our success with any charity that will consider adopting our techniques.

“For a stand-alone ‘therapy centre’, a receptionist and therapy rooms are all that would be required and we’re hoping a national charity involved with children or mental health will consider our methods.”

The charity has also launched a Save Clover House appeal, and supporters can make donations via its website.

Any charities or organisations that would like to find out more about Clover House can contact Jill Gill on 01225 344047, email info@cloverhouse.org or visit http://cloverhouse.org

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