In this week’s round-up blog, we congratulate and thank some of our brilliant fundraisers, shining a light on how they been supporting the work of YoungMinds.
We are so proud of and grateful for the incredible work our fundraisers do to help raise vital funds and awareness around child and young people’s mental health. We couldn’t do it without you."
Moulsford Prep School
At the end of November Moulsford Prep School in Oxfordshire held its annual Sporting Lunch at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club (RAC) on Pall Mall in aid of YoungMinds. More than 160 guests were in attendance, including YoungMinds Director of Fundraising Diane Gault and former England Rugby players David Flatman and Andy Goode. A total of £9,400 was raised.
Headmaster of Moulsford, Ben Beardmore-Gray, said: “Moulsford is delighted to support YoungMinds at this highlight event in the school calendar. The significance of the latest statistics of mental health issues among young people, and particularly among boys and young men, will not be lost on the many parents of former, current and future Moulsford boys who attended the event. As a school, we are determined to create a learning environment in which the emotional wellbeing of our pupils and development of resilience are a top priority.”
Julia, Mum of YoungMinds’ own Katie Hall, fundraised for us at her 60th Birthday Party on the 27th November. Julia had this to say:
“As my 60th birthday approached I wanted to do something different and special with my family and friends. I chose to have an afternoon tea with them all and asked that instead of presents, a donation to YoungMinds be gifted for me. To my great pleasure and honour we raised £500. Obviously I have some very generous and caring friends.
Why YoungMinds? Well, firstly, as a user of a mental health service in the past, I felt I wanted to give something back; and secondly, as a Childline phone line volunteer in the past also, I really understand the need for young people and their families to have help and support with their mental health problems. So YoungMinds fitted the bill really well and I hope the donation will be of use to the charity."
Pupils at the Gresham’s School in Holt have banded together to record a charity single, a cover of the James 90s hit ‘Sit Down’. ‘Gresham’s Girls’, as the group is known, was formed by students Molly Sankey, Clementine Chapple, Amelia Fox, Rhianna Campbell-Cann, Henrietta Hovenden and Alice Dale.
The girls came together with a desire to raise awareness of mental health in young people and to create a lasting tribute to a friend lost in tragic circumstances. The lyrics of the song really resonated with the group as it carries a sense of vulnerability and much is made of the highs and lows of life, yet there is an overwhelming sense of optimism, hope and support. The track was produced by Chris Cooper and Justin Myers, teaching staff from Gresham’s Music Department.
You can buy the track and support YoungMinds here: ;https://itun.es/gb/oKMKgb
CAMHS nurse Nick Thomas ran the Cheshire half marathon for YoungMinds to raise awareness for the mental health of young people as well as for his own personal goals.
Working for CAMHS in the criminal justice system, Nick gave us his insight, saying that
services have become geared toward crisis management and the really important work of early intervention falls by the wayside and this most essential of jobs falls to dedicated charities like YoungMinds.”
Nick took on such a great challenge as part of the process of overcoming his own anxiety, telling us that “I piled on a large amount of weight after I had to stop exercising after developing a minor (non serious) neurological condition. Last New Year's Day I made it my resolution to try to lose the weight and in the summer with training going well, I set a goal of running a marathon in 2017. The half marathon was part of the process of overcoming a major potential barrier my anxiety about running in public.”
What a huge achievement to be on track to see through an amazing New Year’s resolution. Thank you Nick for telling us your story and everyone at YoungMinds would like to wish you the best of luck carrying on into 2017.
A massive thank you to all of our brilliant fundraisers.
Fundraising in support of YoungMinds is a great way to have fun, raise vital funds and awareness of the importance of young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you are interested in fundraising for YoungMinds, we would be more than happy to support you in any way that we can. For more information get in touch by calling on 0207 089 5050 or emailing us at fundraising@y