A charity has made the difficult decision to restrict its counselling service to only Hyndburn.

Maundy Relief, a charity based in Accrington, that offers an ‘immediate response to poverty and need’, has taken the decision to restrict the geographic catchment of its counselling service.

It means clients from Blackburn and Darwen and other areas outside of Hyndburn can no longer access the service.

Lucy Hardwick, manager at Maundy Relief, said the decision was made for financial reasons.

She said: “This decision has been made due to financial constraints and there being insufficient funding at present for us to run a fully unrestricted service.

“It is a temporary situation and we are actively seeking funding opportunities and would encourage any prospective funders to contact us via [email protected]

“We would also remind everyone that we are very grateful to accept donations to support this critical service.”

Maundy Relief’s anger management and young person’s services will remain open to people across East Lancashire (Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, the Ribble Valley excluding Longridge, and Rossendale).

The decision does not affect any of Maundy Relief’s other services, including the provision of food parcels and community lunches, advice, housing and health services, young person’s and anger management services, the drop-in centre and activity and social groups.

These services will continue as usual.

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