A SPECIALLY adapted minibus has been donated to a children’s charity by a Bolton organisation so that families who have lost a child or have a child with complex health needs can enjoy a day out.

Bolton At Home made the donation to Reuben’s Retreat, a charity set up by Nicola Graham whose son Reuben died in August 2012 aged just 23 months.

Wanting to support families in similar situations, Nicola created the charity which provides therapeutic activities, counselling, peer support groups as well as fun activities and short breaks.

Reuben’s Retreat has helped over 1,169 individuals across the UK since it was launched.

The donation of the minibus was made on April 23, the seven year anniversary of when the Retreat bought the former Woods Hospital, near Glossop, which is being transformed into a haven for families.

Bolton At Home is sponsoring the minibus, named REUBus, enabling families who are supported by the charity to enjoy a day out.

Jon Lord, group chief executive at Bolton At Home, said: “Reuben’s Retreat is one of our chosen charities and it’s close to our hearts.

“We’re delighted to donate this minibus to help the charity’s wonderful staff with their vital work and the families they support.”

Since 2019 Bolton at Home have supported the charity through various activities including a games night, monthly lottery and challenging two team members to climbing Mount Everest.

The company decided to donate the minibus to help them with their day-to-day activities and family support work.

Nicola Graham, founder of Reuben’s Retreat and Reuben’s mum, added: “We are so blown away with the generosity of our friends at Bolton at Home for donating this awesome gift.

“It looks fantastic and the minibus has been perfectly adapted to be accessible for our beneficiary families and has plenty of space for wheelchairs and other equipment.

“It will allow us to bring another piece of adventure to our families, help with transport for events and allow more families to reach us here at the retreat. Keep an eye out for us on a road near you soon.”