Charity focus for 2019
A target of £100,000 for Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, has become the focus for charity fundraising at the award-winning, employee-owned Childbase Partnership in the coming year.
Following company-wide consultation and a vote in 43 day nurseries in the South of England, Mind, one of eight charities under the Heads Together mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gained the popular vote.
Making the announcement at a meeting of Charity Representatives from each day nursery and company Head Office, Lucy Thompson, Head of Charity Fundraising at Childbase Partnership said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Mind. The breadth of activity undertaken by the charity in both supporting people living with a mental health problem, and advocating on their behalf, means we have the opportunity to make a real difference to so many lives.”
“It is impossible to remain unmoved by stories of lives transformed by this charity or to ignore what could be achieved by its dedicated teams with more financial support,” she added.
Mind estimates that 1 in 4 people – that is about 14 million - experiences a mental health problem in any one year, and that, on average, about 17 people in the UK take their own lives each day.
The charity responds to the challenge with around 135 local branches providing advice and support to over 120,000 people a year; Elefriends, an on-line service for 61,438 registered people last year; and telephone lines manned by experts providing everything from legal advice to a ‘friendly ear’ for those in need.
Cash donations also fund a variety of essential information booklets; wellbeing courses for those struggling with their mental health; and policy work to influence government so that sufferers get the support they need and the respect they deserve.