The Birchall Trust

Birchall's Big Christmas Challenge

We are raising funds for our much needed therapeutic service providing 1-1 and group counselling/therapy sessions to adults and children affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexualised violence.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1109637)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Sexual abuse & rape inflict deep trauma which has a devastating impact on an individual's physiology, emotions, their ability to think, learn & concentrate, & their relationships with others. This can cause many problems & can last a lifetime if left untreated. Those affected often suffer from depression, anxiety & PTSD with side effects including nightmares, panic attacks, self-harm & thoughts/attempts of suicide. They commonly have low self-esteem & turn to drugs/alcohol as coping strategies


The Birchall Trust provides specialist trauma-informed therapy in the form of one-to-one & group sessions. We work holistically with each individual and help them move forward by developing healthy coping strategies, building their self-awareness & improving their health/wellbeing. Therapists work alongside each individual so they feel safe, believed & understood. This helps them to express their experiences, learn how to manage their emotions/behaviour & build relationships with others.

  • The Birchall Trust is an amazing service, and I feel very lucky to have been given the chance to be supported by you all.

    — Female, aged 43, Barrow

  • I only have positive things to say about The Birchall Trust. The service you provide is amazing and I hope that you can continue long into the future. Every woman needs access to such a facility if they need it. I only wish that I had heard about you long ago.

    — Female, aged 61, North Lancashire

  • Since coming to Birchall it has really helped my son' everyday life and his relationships with classmates. School has noticed massive improvements in every way since he started attending.

    — Parent of boy, aged 8, North Lancashire

  • My daughter's therapist made such a bond with her. She helped her be a child again. I couldn’t have asked for or got anything more.

    — Mother of girl aged 10, North Lancashire