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Tuesday 30th December 2014 @ 10:58 by Becky Cahill


Christmas is on the cards after Reuben’s Retreat was named as one of the charities poised to benefit from the sale of this year’s X-Factor single.

Retreat founder Nicola Graham, from Mottram, said she was absolutely delighted that the charity would receive vital funding from the sale of the single’s CDs and downloads.

Nicola explained: “Reuben’s Retreat is a member of children’s charity Together for Short Lives, which looks after  hospices throughout the UK and their patron is Simon Cowell.

“All the profits from the single are going to Together For Short Lives and as one of their members we will receive a nice donation, so we are really excited about the X-Factor single.”

The single ‘Something I Need’ by winner Ben Haenow, was released as a download on Sunday, immediately after the X-Factor final, staged at the SSE Wembley Arena.

At least £1 from the sale of each CD and 20p from each download will be donated to Together for Short Lives.

Nicola added that the Retreat itself has now assigned a builder with work set to start on phase one of the project in January.

Work will begin on the bereavement, counselling and support centre which will open one year to the day that the property in Glossopdale was purchased.

“It’s an incredible achievement and we just need to raise more now to start the work on the main building which will take around £1.5m to £2m and the next two to three years to complete,” added Nicola.

The Reuben’s Retreat charity was established in August 2012 by Nicola and Mike Graham following the tragic passing of their 23-month-old-son Reuben from a rare and aggressive brain tumour.

The charity aims to create a much needed place where families can relax, recharge, remember and rebuild their lives.

Just 23 months after its launch, the charity reached the £1 million milestone to purchase the property which will ultimately serve families across the whole of the North.