At Hack Back CIC we have a particularly difficult time with funding. When we apply for funding, funding bodies think that the money will be spent on the birds we work with and quickly reject our application without finding out more.
As a psychologists we have worked with individuals and groups for many years. Anita Morris started working with birds of prey 11 years ago after meeting Steve Birchall who owns Cheshire Falconry. Prior to that point she had no interest in the birds whatsoever. She then researched falconry, birds of prey and the cultural aspects of falconry and found strong links with Emotional Intelligence. This was followed by piloting interventions with a wide range of people combining interaction with birds of prey with positive psychology.
The food, welfare and equipment for the birds is provided by Cheshire Falconry free of charge. Any funding we get is used to impact directly on the lives of the people we work with. We regularly visit local hospices, people living with cancer and people with terminal illness. We do not charge for any of these visits so your donations mean that we can continue to bring joy during difficult times. We have received small pots of funding from Rotary Clubs that has enable us to deliver sessions during 2016 and 2017 for hundreds of children in the North West. The Suites Hotel, Knowlsey regularly support us and have allowed us to deliver sessions for children in Northwood, Kirkby one of the UKs most deprived areas. Each child we work with as part of this project receive a copy of either Dusk Until Dawn (by Martin Bradley – about Barn Owls) or Murray the Smallest Owl (our own book). Almost 20% of children have never been gifted a book, higher in deprived areas. We know our young participants own at least one book.
We regularly visit cancer support centres, hospices and individuals going through treatment for life threatening illness. We cannot to this without your help.
Your help really does make a difference.