15 February 2023

Survive secures three-year funding from The Purey Cust Trust

Funding supports ambitious programme to help more survivors rebuild their lives more quickly

Survive, a specialist charity that helps survivors of sexual violence rebuild their lives, has secured funding of £25,754 spread over three years from The Purey Cust Trust.

Survive offers specialist trauma-informed support work and counselling to adult survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse across the City of York and North Yorkshire.

CEO Mags Godderidge says: “We are absolutely delighted that The Purey Cust Trust have decided to support us with a three-year grant. Last year, we supported 668 survivors – the busiest year in our 30-year history – this was a 23% increase on the number supported in the previous 12-months and a staggering 300% increase on the number supported just six years ago. Sadly, the demand for our services shows no signs of abating.

“The trustees at The Purey Cust recognised the need for us to review and build capacity in our services to respond to this unprecedented demand and to ultimately improve the mental health and wellbeing of more survivors more quickly in York and the surrounding area”.

The Purey Cust Trust is a grant-making charity that provides grants to charities and charitable organisations for the benefit of individuals living in and around the City of York. The Trust provides grants that aim to prevent, treat or alleviate illness, injury, disability or related conditions and disorders, whether physical or related to mental health and well-being.

Speaking on behalf of the Purey Cust Trust, Phil Bodmer one of the trustees said; “Survive provides vital help and support to those who have been through some of the most unimaginable personal trauma. In the face of increasing demand, it’s hoped that this funding will offer stability, continuity and security for the charity going forward. The Trustees had no hesitation in agreeing to help, enabling more survivors rebuild their lives and look forward to a brighter future”.


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