Making a Will – Helping MCTC

 

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Often making a will is one of those things we are reluctant to think about or make time to sort out. Maybe this is partly because it makes us think about the reality of dying, having to say goodbye and letting go and maybe there is also be something about having to make decisions;

  • What do I do with things that have meant something to me?
  • What is the right way to apportion my assets and estate?
  • What should I leave to whom?

These can be hard decisions and choices, even painful ones. But it is an important process which your family and friends will appreciate as it will save them a lot of work and heart-ache when you are no longer here to make those decisions.

Maybe you have thought about it in the past and made a will several, or even many, years ago. And maybe it needs reviewing or revising -because things change and life changes … and it can be hard to think about that too.

Making a will can also be a statement of what was important to you in your life and a final chance to say, ‘Thank you’, whether that is to an individual or to an organisation that has helped you or has reflected your values.

Making a final gift to them can help them to continue their valuable work.

So, if now is the right time for you to make your will, here’s a way to make it easy.

Gina at WillWritten is offering a 30% discount to MCTC supporters to draft your will if you are willing to leave a gift to Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre.

Gina can also advise on Wills Planning and Storage, Estate Planning, Lasting Power of Attorney, Inheritance Tax, Long Term Care and more.

Just contact Gina and let her know that you are an MCTC supporter and she will make the whole process as easy as possible for you.

gina@willwritten.com

0151 601 5399

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Wirral Coastal Walk 2018

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Sunday 24th June

WALK THE WALK FOR MCTC

Help raise funds for MCTC by joining us for a fabulous 15 mile walk by the sea

We are hoping to have 40 MCTC walkers this year!!

Go to our JustGiving page get signed up today and then start getting sponsors.

Then you can encourage, cajole, bribe and coerce your friends, family and colleagues into joining you.

You also need to sign up on the Wirral Coastal Walk page and download and print off a form so that it can be stamped on the day.

And, if you can’t join us, maybe you could sponsor one of our walkers.

Thank you

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Merseyside Women of the Year

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This is an unusual and feels a slightly awkward post to be writing but I’ve been nominated and reached the finals of Merseyside Women of the Year Awards and now it’s all down to votes.

Could I prevail upon you to take a few seconds to vote for me?

Actually, I don’t really see it as a vote for me so much as a vote for Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre and the MCTC community, including therapists, volunteers, those who use our services and those who support us to provide ongoing high standards of fully professional counselling and psychotherapy for anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. Over the last seven years, the Centre has provided thousands of hours of counselling to those in needs and saved many lives – see Jack’s Story.

Voting is open until 8th June

This is a great opportunity to raise MCTC’s profile and to move forward in our quest for sponsorship and support.

Thanks so much, here’s the link

Finally, could I ask you to do one more thing for MCTC?…

Forward this on amongst your contacts – family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, someone you met at the bus stop…

This is the key to winning the vote – I may know 500 people but each of you knows another 500 and so it goes on…

Thanks so much

Angela

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Egremont Festival

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MCTC is taking a stall at the wonderful Egremont Festival again this year.

Date: Sunday 30th July

Following the success of last year’s Teddy Tombola, we thought we would develop the theme so this year, we have taken a double pitch and we are running 2 Tombolas – one for adults and one for children.

There will be 100 fabulous prizes to be won on each Tombola.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Well, there are 4 ways:

  1. Come and join us for an hour or two on the stall.We will need at least 2 people on each Tombola throughout the day – one to sell the tickets and at least one other to find the prizes.

 

  1. We are looking for at least one MEGA-PRIZE for each Tombola – A Huge Teddy, Food or Goodies Hamper (no alcohol), Large Box of Chocolates or Sweets, Presentation Box of Luxury Toiletries, Vouchers for Restaurants, Theatres, Experiences, Spa Days etc, anything more unusual or imaginative that we haven’t thought of yet…

 

  1. Donate smaller prizes for either Tombola – donations can be left at the Centre up until Friday 14th July.

 

  1. Come along on the day and visit us. Have a go on the Tombolas and bring moral support!!

 

If you can help with any of this, please let us know as soon as possible – We would SO love to hear from you.

We’d love to meet more of you so come and join us and meet the rest of the team.

BIG THANKS IN ADVANCE

BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO COME GOOD ON THIS!!!

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Wirral Coastal Walk

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Just wanted to take this opportunity to update you all and say a HUGE THANK YOU for all your support for this event.

So THANK YOU

To

  • The 9 Walkers
  • All the Sponsors
  • And all the Supporters and Encouragers

You all helped to raise well over £4,000.00

BRILLIANT

Roll on next year…

Start thinking about joining us now and let’s try for 20+ walkers next year – Yes???

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Walkers Needed!!

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To Walk the Wirral Coastal Walk

for

MCTC

On Sunday 18th June

Hello Everyone!

We know a lot of you are keen walkers and that some of you would like to be a little keener than you are, so …

Here’s an opportunity for all …

Challenge yourself to walk all or part of the Wirral Coastal Walk and raise desperately needed funds for MCTC.

Here’s why:

  • The need for our services is growing all the time and, at present, we can’t keep up with demand.
  • Each counselling session we provide costs MCTC at least £15.00.
  • We are currently providing around 70 sessions per week.
  • Whilst we have capacity for at least double that, we do not have the funds.
  • We are also providing 24/7 suicide prevention care for all of our clients who have any suicidal thoughts or feelings.

Please would you join us on the walk and contribute to our crowdfunding campaign, PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE.

Last year we raised an impressive £5K. How about helping us to double that…

If you would like to join us, just go to our PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE campaign, and click on Start Fundraising.

Add your story and some pictures (people love pictures!!) and then share it on your social media, send emails to all your contacts, tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues – in fact, everyone you have ever met!!

And then watch your donations roll in.

PLEASE, PLEASE DO THIS FOR MCTC IF YOU CAN.

If you can’t, perhaps you would consider

  • Donating to the campaign
  • Sharing this, especially the link, with all your contacts
  • Raising funds in other ways (see the other campaigns within the main page (Coffee/alcohol abstention, cycling Lejog.. .free your imagination!)

Thank you so much.

Anything you can do to support MCTC is very much appreciated by all the team and especially by those who need our help.

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Walk For MCTC’s ‘Pain is Real But so is Hope’ Campaign

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WALK FOR MCTC’s

‘PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE’ CAMPAIGN

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK

Sunday 18th June 2017

Last year, MCTC supporters raised approximately £5,000.00 by walking 15 miles round the beautiful Wirral coast.

This year, we would like to DOUBLE that!!

As you know, MCTC receives no statutory funding and is desperate for funds to maintain and develop our service offering low-cost and no-cost counselling to those in need. People suffering from mental health issues often wait for long periods for services which may or may not be available. MCTC offers short waiting times and longer sessions, in a calm and welcoming, non-clinical environment. MCTC also offers 24/7 suicide prevention care.

Please would you help us to continue this vital work?

Please would YOU, and maybe your family and friends, WALK to help raise

£10,000

for MCTC’s

PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE CAMPAIGN

Supporting MCTC to provide 1,000 therapy sessions + 24/7 suicide prevention care throughout 2017

So far 6 people have signed up but we know there are many more of you out there who are keen walkers (or runners) or who like a challenge…

There is still plenty of time to get those walking boots out and to get fit!

If you would like to walk with us, you could add your own story and start getting sponsors straight away on our JustGiving page to Start Fundraising.

You can also download and print a sponsorship form from the link below for all your technophobe friends so you don’t miss out on any donations!

You will need a form anyway to register on the day.

If walking really isn’t your thing, you could organise or take part in another event instead – just add your story to the JustGiving page in the same way and involve your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours in your coffee-morning/crochet marathon/skydive/doughnut eating challenge/cold water swimming/sponsored silence/or…

If you have a look, you can see what other folk have done.

Hoping to see you on 18th June

Thank you in advance – however you are able to contribute to MCTC’s campaign. We really appreciate it.

 

The Wirral Coastal Walk is organised by the Rotary Club of North Wirral and aims to raise £300,000.00 for local charities this year.

 

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Supporting our Crowdfunding Campaign

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EACH year, hundreds of people in the North West take their own lives.

Yet mental health remains the poor relation when it comes to health funding.

People’s natural impulse to fill this gap in local services has led to charities taking on much of the responsibility for helping people who are suffering with poor mental health and on the brink of suicide.

Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre, a charity based in New Brighton, was set up in 2011 to help people in the grip of real pain and distress through their mental illness.

The centre’s professional counsellors and therapists work with people suffering from depression, anxiety, bereavement, addiction, and suicidal thoughts.

Their founding philosophy was that everyone who needs help should have it, no matter what their ability to pay. And that’s the basis they’ve been operating on for six years.

But keeping their doors open costs money, and the centre has to work incredibly hard to raise this money.

The centre has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help them continue this vital work for our community.

They’re calling their campaign “Pain is real but so is hope.”

The appeal will fund at least 1,000 hours of counselling throughout 2017.

They’ll also continue their unique suicide prevention scheme which offers every client at risk of taking their own life 24-hour access to their own therapists, for 365 days of the year.

If you would like to support MCTC’s campaign, might you please contact Angela O’Connor on 0151 639 0400 or angela@mctcwirral.org.uk?

Please help if you can so more people can get help and support.

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Original Article - Wirral News
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Ella’s Story

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I When I went to uni, I decided to go as far away from home as I could get cos things weren’t great at home. I got in on clearing cos my results weren’t great, and to be honest, I didn’t really care what course I did as long as I got away.

I kind of thought I’d make loads of new friends straight away but it was really hard. Even though it was tough at home, I started to miss my parents and my two brothers. I felt guilty for leaving them behind too.

I made a few friends in the end. We went out drinking every weekend and most nights too. I started missing lectures and basically never leaving my room – I was either pissed or hung over most of the time.

I kept getting emails from my tutors but I just ignored them and in the end I dropped out.

I couldn’t go home cos I didn’t want to tell my family. I had no money and nowhere to live – started sleeping on friends’ sofas and floors and sometimes I was even sleeping rough. I got mugged doing that one night.

I thought that was about as low as I could get.

Then, to cut a long story short, I accidentally bumped into a mate who had been a year or so ahead of me at uni. She said she could get me a job – I’m really embarrassed about this now – as a sex worker. It was phone sex at first and at last I had some money in my pocket – though not for long as I was still drinking a lot. Then she told me I could earn a lot more ‘on the job’. I was really nervous and hated it from the start but I stuck at it – alcohol got me through most of it and I’d started using by then as well.

Then, one night, after being beaten up yet again, I decided enough was enough. I took a load of pills and a bottle of vodka and woke up in hospital.

After all the tests and stuff, one of the nurses gave me a card for MCTC and then they sent me home.

Another all time low.

I didn’t know what I wanted but I knew I had to change. I wanted to see my family again but I didn’t know how and I wanted a proper life.

I sat for ages looking at the card. Then, I thought it must work for somebody… maybe even me.

I got an appointment really quickly and started seeing my counsellor every week. I was afraid to tell her my story because she seemed so nice – I didn’t think she’d understand. But she wasn’t shocked or anything. She even gave me her number to call any time if I felt suicidal again – like the Samaritans or something – only I’d be talking to someone I actually knew and who knew me. She asked me to agree that I’d call her before doing anything silly. I did call her one night and kind of felt better afterwards – like, for once in my life I’d kept my promise. Then the appointments carried on and I’m still seeing her now – 7 months on. I’ve still got a long way to go but at least I know what I want now. I’ve been in touch with my family and I really want to work with animals – properly – I’ve been looking at courses and getting experience.

I’m so glad I made the decision to go to counselling at MCTC – it’s really helped me.

I saw the crowdfunding campaign PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE and that really summed it up for me. That’s why I’m telling my story now – to try and give something back.

Please help if you can so more people like me can get help and support.

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Dave’s Story

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I thought my life was going ok really. It wasn’t perfect but then whose is?

I’m nearly 40 and been a teacher for 15 years. I really enjoy my job, at least I used to – recently, there’s been a lot of pressure. The school I’m at got Requires Improvement at our last Ofsted so there’s been lots of paper work and all our jobs are at risk and there are a lot of staff off with stress at the moment. I never thought I would be one of them but I found myself taking the odd day off saying I had a stomach bug or whatever but really, I just didn’t want to go in and face all the negativity.

At home, things started to deteriorate too. My wife wasn’t happy about the amount of time I was spending on school work in the evenings. She said I wasn’t spending enough time with her and the kids. That kind of upset me because I always prided myself on being a good dad. Then I realised I’d missed several of their school and sports events and I was snapping at them. On the days when I went into school I was leaving the house at 7.00 and not getting back till about 7.00 in the evening.

I was spending so much time at school that I got friendly with one of the other teachers. We were working on a project together and spent a lot of time alone. I’m not proud of myself but one thing led to another and I started seeing her out of school. Of course, my wife found out and gave me an ultimatum, one last chance.

That was a real wake-up call. I love her so much and I didn’t want to lose her. I decided I needed some help – I had advised a couple of colleagues to get counselling in the past but it never even crossed my mind that I might need it someday.

In a weird coincidence, I picked up a card for MCTC at my doctor’s surgery. I was in to pick up a prescription for one of the kids and it was on the counter. I was quite relieved because I didn’t really want to talk to the doctor – her kids go to my school.

I got an introductory appointment within a week and although I had to wait a few weeks to be allocated a counsellor, it felt like the ball was rolling.

I’ve had a few sessions now and I think I am beginning to make progress. I thought my counsellor would be really disapproving but she didn’t judge me at all – she seemed more interested in helping me understand how I had got to the state I was in and now I am beginning to think about things I need to change.

I actually really like going to the Centre. It’s not like going to a clinic or anything. The rooms are big and comfortable with armchairs and everyone is really welcoming and kind.

When I’ve finished my counselling, I am going to try and do some fundraising for MCTC. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon so I might try and train for one next year.

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