UNION leaders are rallying to support a mental health charity facing a cash crisis.
A meeting tomorrow night will be told of the vital work done by Huddersfield-based Concern for Mental Health.
The Examiner revealed earlier this month how the charity - which cares for 160 people with severe mental health problems including schizophrenia and manic depression - faces closure.
Graham Hellawell, a steward at Unison, the union which represents staff, said: "We have a funding shortfall of £108,000. This is due to years of under-funding which needs to be addressed by social services, our main funder."
He will seek backing for his fight at Huddersfield Trades Union Council's meeting.
The charity, based in St George's Square, provides daily activities for its patients and offers advice and support.
Twenty-five staff are facing redundancy.
Mr Hellawell said: "We provide essential services for people in Huddersfield with mental illness.
"We promote initiatives which promote and encourage social inclusion."
Bob Stoker, Huddersfield TUC secretary, said: "Cuts in these areas will have a detrimental effect.
"Where else will these people go?"
Kirklees Council said talks were continuing and there was no immediate danger of closure.