A free counselling service for young people has received a cash windfall, which was handed over by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Deborah Inskip.
Bedford Open Door welcomed the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Deborah Inskip, to their premises in Bedford on Monday, March 3.
The High Sheriff presented a cheque for £750 to Bedford Open Door, one of her chosen charities during her year of office, and representing donations from many people and organisations in the area.
In her speech Deborah Inskip pointed out that the statistics show that one in four people will experience some sort of mental health issue at some stage in their lives.
Teenagers are more at risk from depression and other forms of mental and emotional difficulties than ever before.
Gerry Bentley, project manager of the charity, proposed a vote of thanks for the generous donation. She added that the charity was fortunate to have received support over the years from local people and other charities and organisations.
The donation has helped to allow the counselling work at Bedford Open Door to continue especially when statutory funding ceased.
The Harpur Trust and Panacea Society are two of the local organisations who have funded the service in recent years.
Bedford Open Door offers free counselling to young people aged 13-25 years to enable them to deal with issues in their lives which stop them leading happy and productive lives.
For more information visit www.bedfordopendoor.org.uk