A charity in financial straits has managed to raise the target figure it needs to carry on into the new year.

Signpost, an organisation helping young people deal with mental health issues, has successfully raised the £20,000 necessary to avoid a “severe and acute financial crisis”.

The charity’s acting chief executive Shirena Counter praised the Watford Observer for its role in helping draw attention to the organisation’s campaign to raise the money before the end of November.

As a result of the “support and generosity” received from this newspaper and other businesses in Watford and the surrounding area, the charity can now stay open until March 2019.

Ms Counter said: “We've done it! The Signpost team would like to say a huge thank you for all your support.

“It is a fantastic achievement to have raised this amount in such a short space of time and shows how much the work we do with young people is valued.

“We are also grateful there are further fundraising efforts planned for December, as we know we need to continue to raise money on an ongoing basis so we don't find ourselves in this situation again.”

Signpost provides counselling, coaching, and other types of support to people living in south and west Hertfordshire.

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