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The Harbour is a charitable company limited by guarantee. We receive funding from a range of very generous supporters, private donors, trusts and foundations, corporate supporters and some government funding via statutory sources.

We are experts in supporting people at end of life. We offer a unique specialist service to people facing an extremely difficult time in Bristol and the surrounding area when they may feel they have nowhere else to turn.

We are committed to creating a safe space where people facing the end of their own life or grieving the loss of a loved one can feel listened to and fully supported.

Terminal illness and bereavement impacts all aspects of life considerably, and often leads to negative financial consequences, a key reason for delivering our services free of charge, which in turn means we rely on voluntary donations.

We are very grateful to the clients who do generously donate and right now, the demand for our services is increasing. We need your support to maintain our specialist levels of service and continue meeting the demand.

Please Donate

Our vision is that everyone in Bristol has a safe space to talk and be listened to when they face death, dying and bereavement. With Covid-19, our counselling service is needed more than ever before. Please give anything you can to support our work and help us reach more people affected by death, dying and bereavement:

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By supporting The Harbour

You will:

  • Ensure people in our local communities have the support they need to live through terminal illness and the loss of a loved one
  • Support significant improvements in mental and emotional wellbeing for people facing very challenging life events
  • Reassure people in emotional distress that help is there when they reach out for the support they need
  • Add value to our local communities by improving mental health and wellbeing and increasing opportunities for active engagement

Pat’s story

The day my husband died I had an existing appointment at The Harbour.

I left the hospice, sorted out a funeral director, and then it seemed only natural to go to The Harbour.

I do remember my counsellor’s sharp intake of breath when I told him that my husband had died just hours before, but he barely faltered.

This was my slot, he said, and of course it was fine for me to come.

I am not the only person The Harbour supported.

“You’ve been our rock,” said my daughter to me recently, but I was only able to provide that support because I was being supported in my turn.

And, of course, my husband benefited enormously; support from The Harbour gave me the strength to care for him
– beautifully, as he deserved – and he had the comfort of knowing that after his death that support would still be there for me.

I reached out to The Harbour when I was very low, the weekly sessions have allowed me to help myself on the grieving process.

Having somewhere safe to talk about lots of feelings and emotions and have a better understanding of how I can best continue to work through this when the counselling has come to an end.

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