50 for Free blog | 2024

Deserving charities on restful breaks

The 50 for Free scheme reaches out to those who might especially benefit from the experience of staying in a Landmark. In this blog, Why Me? tell us about their stay and what they do as a charity. 

Restorative Landmark stay for Why me?

50 for Free beneficiary, Why Me? Restorative Justice tell us about their visit to Sackville House in March 2024. 

We arrived at our 16th century Landmark Trust in the heart of East Grinstead on Friday and instantly transported back to the time of Shakespeare.

Why me? is the first question asked by a victim of crime and is the name of our national charity. It was established by a victim of crime, who met the man who burgled and assaulted him in a Restorative Justice meeting. The encounter transformed both men’s lives. They founded the charity so that more people can benefit from Restorative Justice like they did. In the last 14 years, the charity has reached many thousands of people and helped victims to obtain the justice they need, getting questions answered, and laying some of the trauma to rest. We have also helped people who commit crime to realise how much damage they have done and to desist from further crime.

Running a charity is very rewarding but hard work. So it was with great delight that we received the news that Landmark Trust had awarded us a weekend at Sackville House as part of their generous 50forfree scheme. A much needed restorative break was enjoyed by a group of friends and supporters, making use of the dining room with a wood stove and a large sitting room with very very comfortable sofas.

One person said, “What a gift! Sackville house was a wonderful place to gather with Lucy and other women who have supported her to run the charity over so many years. We had time to reflect on our work practice and share our experiences. The history of the house and the countryside with its heaths, uplands and valleys made for great walks. As a Dutch woman, I felt as though I was inhabiting a Vermeer or Pieter de Hooch!”

Another visitor commented, “The house has so much history and architectural detail, we barely had to go out. I loved the wood panelling and beams, the attic studio and the long long garden.”

Thank you Landmark Trust for supporting Why me? through this generous gift. If you want to find out more about the power and potential of Restorative Justice or make a donation, please visit www.why-me.org or email us on [email protected].

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