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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:

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.

Thank you

Thank you to all the funders that are supporting our work currently, a selection of whom have chosen to be listed below and to all others who generously contribute, your support is really appreciated.

  • b-ClearbClear’s support will help The Harbour ensure our free specialist counselling services remains accessible to people across Bristol and beyond
  • Bristol City Council A timely funder, BCC provided support to help The Harbour overcome the financial challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Charities Aid Foundation A donation from the Covid Emergency Fund ensured we had timely resources to address the priority needs of our clients during the challenges Covid-19 presented.
  • Community FundThrough the DCMS grant stream the Community Fund provided significant funding aimed at overcoming the financial challenges and support needs resulting from Covid-19.
  • The Fore Another committed funder, in addition to supporting our ongoing work, The Fore was very quick to offer support in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium Nominated by people connected to the cemetery in Bath, The Harbour was surprised and delighted to receive the proceeds generated by the Metal Recycling Fund over the spring period in 2020.
  • John James Bristol Foundation The Foundation has been a reliable funder in times when we have most needed support both by providing capital funding to maintain our city centre home base and through offering Covid-19 Emergency Funding.
  • Lady Ryder of Warsaw Memorial TrustA funder devoted to the relief of suffering on the widest scale, the Trust generously offered support to The Harbour’s work with people facing a terminal diagnosis.
  • Lloyds Bank Generous supporters, gifting both their time and expertise, Lloyds have offered pro bono support on a number of occasions, which assisted The Harbour’s strategic planning process and delivery.
  • Portishead Nautical TrustA regular supported of The Harbour, the Trust granted funding towards our work with people under 25.
  • Quartet Community FoundationA committed funder, Quartet has supported The Harbour’s specialist counselling work and more recently offered support with the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Society of Merchant Venturers The Society have donated generously towards our work, with two specific aims – to improve our accessibility to people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and to help us to reach people from diverse communities.
  • St James’s Place Charitable Foundation St James’s Place has been a reliable funder of our work supporting people with people affected by cancer.

Thank you to our funders

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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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