The Mulberry Bush

Refurbishment of 4 x 38-week residential houses

The Mulberry Bush is a residential primary school for emotionally traumatised children. They have often been neglected and abused, with a string of failed home and school placements. The 4 main residential houses are now in need of refurbishment. Help us update these ‘homes’ for the children.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (309565)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target





  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


It's important to make the houses feel safe, homely and loving, as well as places to have fun and make friends. There has been no major refurbishment for 10+ years. We need to bring all houses up to the same standard as The Burrow, our newer 52-week house. Local authority fees don’t cover improvements to school facilities, hence the need for a fundraising appeal.


Refurbishment was delayed due to Covid but we started replacing windows last summer and over the next 2 years, kitchens, bathrooms, floors, doors and hot water systems will be replaced and everything redecorated. This will create more homely environments for the children, make them more practical for staff and generate energy/cost savings for the charity. By having a special appeal we plan to raise the £1m needed to do this work which has moved from being ‘nice to have’ to a charity priority.

  • Children need a safe, loving and comfortable environment.Many have had a difficult start in life or are away from home for complex reasons.The space where they live whilst with us needs to feel warm,welcoming and homely.A place where they are able to play,relax,feel safe and trust those around them

    — Claire McCarthy, Head of Group Living,The Mulberry Bush

  • The Mulberry Bush School is extraordinary. It has changed our adopted son for the better and given us newfound hope for the future. His pre-adoption early years were traumatic. Over his 3 years there, The Mulberry Bush has helped him express some deeply buried and painful memories and emotions.

    — Jonathan, Mulberry Bush Parent