Hereford & Worcester

Noah's Ark Trust to be placed into liquidation

Supporters of a Worcester-based children's charity forced into liquidation have said they are concerned about the future.

Noah's Ark Trust had been "hit hard by the recession" and 14 staff had been made redundant, MB Insolvency said.

The charity has offered specialist counselling and other support to children who have lost a parent.

In September Noah's Ark said its income had fallen by more than £18,000 a month this year.

MB Insolvency said Noah's Ark Trust had not raised enough vital funds to keep the service going following an appeal.

The charity was unavailable for comment on Friday.

Marie McNally, from Worcester, said she had relied on the charity when her husband Lee committed suicide three years ago.

She said: "For the parent left behind, how to explain that is so difficult. They feel rejection they don't understand.

"I don't know how we would have got through it without Noah's Ark."

Ms McNally said the trust offered an understanding of the specific issues faced by grieving children, which family and friends could not provide.

She added that work done by Noah's Ark and similar charities should be supported by government funding.

Without their counselling she said the "financial costs would be greater to the NHS and children's services, who end up picking up the pieces later on".

Ms McNally said a fundraising concert would go ahead at Huntington Hall on 20 October and the proceeds would be donated to a charity nominated by Noah's Ark.

'Caseload of 900'

Proposed liquidator Mark Bowen, from the insolvency company, said: "The board of trustees have determined that the charity is no longer able to survive and activities have ceased.

"We will be working closely with employees affected by this decision to ensure that they receive the support they need during this difficult time and to assist them with their claims for redundancy and other compensatory payments."

Last month the charity said it had a caseload of 900 children across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

MB Insolvency said affected families should contact the Child Bereavement Charity.

Alternatively, it said families could contact the Edwards Trust based in Birmingham.

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