Grippers is a charity in Gloucestershire to support people who are recovering from mental illness.
Grippers exists to give financial help to enable those who are recovering from psychosis to participate in educational and outward-bound projects, sports and art activities and courses, to encourage confidence and a return to normal life.
The Work of the Charity
Since its foundation in 2006, Grippers has raised an average of around £8000 per annum. As we have virtually no overheads, almost every penny goes to fund a wide variety of activities, sports and other equipment and educational courses.
Every July, we pay for a four-day residential outward-bound style course in West Wales, attended by up to twelve young people who are recovering from psychosis. They take part in challenging physical activities as well as planning and cooking meals, building trust and confidence and judging by the smiles, having fun and chilling out.
NEW: Charity of the Year
Grippers is very pleased to have been chosen by M&S Cirencester as their Charity of the Year. Grippers was nominated by Siddington resident Megan Vasey who works for M&S. Megan is refreshingly open about her own mental illness in the recent past and the help she received in getting better.
She wants to help others who find themselves in a similar position and
could not think of a better candidate than Grippers as it is local and active in helping young adults recover from mental illness.
From May 1st, customers will see our yellow collecting boxes at the M&S checkouts and customer service desk. In addition, Megan has various
other fund-raising plans for the coming year as she is keen to exceed
the amount raised by last year’s charity.