World Mental Health Day was a big day for fundraising collections as our business development Lead, Jade Clarke, met with generous fundraisers who handed over more than £4,000 on the day alone, every penny of which will be spent supporting local people experiencing mental health issues. Find out what some of our fundraisers told us about why they chose to support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind below.
A big thank you to Isaac Hinds and Rory Bentley from TSB Coventry High Street branch who ran the Draycote 10k Challenge on October 7th and raised a total of £1,595.85 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind from the challenge and fundraising activities in branch. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is the TSB branch’s chosen charity of the year and Rory has announced he will be taking part in the two further Draycote Runs in November this year and February 2019 for our charity. Isaac told us he believed it was a good challenge to take part in and a great opportunity to get involved with. He believes in the work and support that Coventry and Warwickshire Mind offers and he said he wanted to test himself and show what he could achieve.
The Loaded Gig
A huge thank you to Paul from the Coventry alternative band The Loaded who hosted an evening full of music at the Canal Basin in Coventry in September. The band raised £500 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind on the night which was handed to CW Mind on World Mental Health Day. We asked Paul why he chose to support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and he said he had lost a dear friend who suffered from mental health issues before he passed away and he wants to help make a difference. We truly appreciate the band’s support of our work.
A samosa sale for staff was held at RS Components in Nuneaton where employees were given the opportunity to talk about mental health and wellbeing. They chose to support CW Mind as staff members have lost relatives due to mental health and they raised £1,282.18 in total through company match funding which was given to us on World Mental Health Day. We are so grateful.
Neil Griffiths Art Exhibition
Another big thank you goes to local artist Neil Griffiths who held his very first art exhibition at Dhillon’s Brewery and raised £150 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. The exhibition was held on September 28th and was a great success. We asked why he decided to raise money for our charity and he told us he truly believed in the work and support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind offers and wants to help raise awareness of mental health. Well done, Neil!
Thank you to the organisers of the Power Runs in Coventry and all the participants who raised a fantastic £800 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind in a Summer Virtual Challenge which involved more than 50 local people who ran or walked 100k between July and September. The cheque was presented to us on World Mental Health Day as participants were awarded with medals in honour of their achievement. We are so proud of everyone involved.
A huge thank you also goes out to Martin Power and Vicky Nash who have created beautiful mental health awareness bracelets in memory of a dear friend, and in doing so raised £310 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. We are truly grateful for the money they raised. These bracelets were designed and made to remind others that there is always someone out there who cares, to bring comfort and send the message that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Each bracelet was sold for £5 each, including delivery, with £3 from each sale going to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. The money they raised will go to our adult services, counselling and one to one support sessions.