There have been so many fundraising developments recently, we’re struggling to keep up with you all! We would like to say a massive thanks to absolutely everyone involved in all of the below. Fundraising can make a big difference to our charity and what we’re able to do.
Vikki’s Snowdon fundraiser
Vikki is climbing Snowdon to fundraise for us in memory of a family friend who sadly lost their life to suicide. You can donate to her effort here.
Vikki went on film to talk about the life-changing support she herself has received from our Link Work Service, and was also involved in fundraising for us at her old school (Cheadle Hulme High, see further down this blog post).
We wish her all the best with this event.
Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.
Marcus – marathon
Staff member Marcus will be taking on the Lancaster Marathon for us in September, in memory of his Dad who sadly died aged 59 in March. You can donate to his effort here. This run forms part of a wider fundraising campaign which includes two other charities.
Tesco at Portwood
At the Portwood Tesco store, a one-month book sale has raised £520 for us. Claire (Tesco’s Community Champion) and Louise popped into the office to present the funds to us from this great community initiative.
Castle Hill High School
Four teachers from Castle Hill High School will take on the Salford 10K for us in September. “We are truly grateful of any donation you can make and we can assure you that your money is going to a great cause.” You can donate to them here.
The Oddfellows Stockport Combermere District Lodge chose us as one of their charities for this year and kindly donated £150.
Cheadle Hulme High School
The school were delighted to welcome back former student Vikki and to present a cheque to us for £500, which was raised by students.
Vikki has received support from our Link Work service (this video summarises how our support has changed her life), so she got back in touch with her old school to arrange to talk to current students about their mental health, which is how this fundraising came about.
The school are looking forward to working with us in future to support their students in all aspects of mental wellbeing.
Alongside Vikki, the school’s head girl and head boy, Emily and Lawrence, presented the cheque to us.
CDL’s most recent challenge was a Born Survivor event. This raised £862 and with match funding from the company, the total raised is £1724.
We have already received a substantial amount of money in the way of fundraising from a series of excellent CDL events, including almost £5700 from their Great Manchester Run effort alone, and their Christmas raffle raised over £1200 for us as well.
Sky helped us to fundraise on Mental Health Awareness Week with bucket collections at Stockport Train Station. They had staff teams helping us out and we raised £415.20.
A Record Store Day event saw £147.50 raised, matched by the company to £295. Staff members very resourcefully made old records into various things like plant pots, clocks and notepads.
Sky’s Operations Manager Sheldon McCrae completed the Liverpool Half Marathon for us and raised over £645.
Another Sky staff member, Matthew Birkett, completed the Tour of Tameside 10k, His fundraising page is here – he raised over £300 and Sky are set to add £300 of fund-matching in too. Matthew said “it was a real challenge but one I enjoyed!”
numero are part of an organisation called Callcredit information Group and they have chosen us as their Charity of the Year.
David Jones, who works for numero, is taking on a Tough Mudder event for us in Yorkshire in late July. You can donate to his effort here.
The Pizza and Games evening organised by the company was great fun, and raised £108 for us.
This event brought together Numero staff and Stockport Mind staff and a trustee – poker, Connect 4 and Play Your Cards Right kept everyone very much entertained.
The company are planning a marathon on a treadmill or static bike, and an end of year mindfulness event as part of their fundraising. There will also be charity cake bakes and one member of staff is doing a Tough Mudder event for us.
Avecto have done a substantial amount of fundraising for us, including raising over £1200 in last year’s Great Manchester Run. On St Patrick’s Day this year, they held a competition in the office involving balloons and prizes, with all proceeds coming to us. The final total from this great event will be confirmed when we have it.
Leanne Brosnahan completed he Manchester 10k for us and raised over £420. She said: “My family is affected by mental ill health as is at least 1 in 4 families.” Well done to Leanne!
Pure Innovations fundraiser
Pure Innovations kindly held a Royal Wedding fundraising event for us at Etherow Park Cafe. The final fundraising total from this was £62.14.
Scarlett is one of our volunteers. For her birthday, the 19th June, she asked people to make a donation to us. You can visit her online fundraising page here.
Glen receives support from our Carers Support Service and this year he will be running Stockport 10k for us. Glen said: “Stockport Mind are a charity close to my heart since I became my wife’s full time Carer last year.” Glen’s training is going well, running three times per week, and you can donate to his effort here.
The Kingsway School
On 29th March, the school completed their 13th sponsored walk in aid of six charities, of which we are one. This 12 mile walk was a fantastic event and everyone involved did so well.
Prospect Vale Primary School
We’ve delivered some mental health sessions at the school in the past. More recently they organised a Santa Dash and other events, which received the largest response from any charity collection they’ve held. They managed to raise a superb £1611.31 for us.
Kate Gerken is running her first half marathon for us. She is taking on the Manchester Half Marathon and you can help her reach her target here. Kate said: “I want to help generate awareness of charities like Stockport Mind and help lead people to understand that mental health isn’t something to be ashamed of or hide away from, and that support is always there.”
Before Christmas, the pub held a raffle for us, raising over £150. Since Christmas, they have been selling pump clips from the bar, with all proceeds coming to us as well.
This branch of the supermarket kindly included us in their Green Token Scheme which ran between October and December 2017. We received £200 from them in February after the votes had been added up.
BASF companies supply a wide range of materials to UK industries. Employees at their Cheadle office will primarily be raising funds for The Christie this year, but we are delighted to learn that we will be receiving a donation too, alongside St Ann’s Hospice and Teenage Cancer Trust.
If you become a Co-op member, which costs just £1, you can select us as your chosen charity. You will get a percentage back on what you spend, but this will also raise money for us at no extra cost to you as well.
This will help us to fund Confidence and Emotional Resilience-building courses which are very beneficial to people in the local community. We have already delivered such workshops successfully and would be delighted to be able to provide more.
The way this works is that the Co-op Local Community Fund will match a percentage of everything you spend in stores (including a share of carrier bags) or at funeral branches, and send this our way.
Again, thank you so much to everyone involved in all of the above, we very much appreciate all of the hard work that goes into such events.
If you would like to join the above people in fundraising for us, please do let us know by emailing us or phoning 0161 480 7393 and we can see how we can work with you to help you with your ideas.