Fundraising for Stockport Mind in 2018

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.


CDL raised £862 through their Born Survivor event, and with match funding from the company, the total raised was £1724.

The company also raised £1035 through their Great Glen Way walk, £460 thanks to their bake sale and cycle to work initiative, and £27.73 from the collection tub in their office.

Creative Art Workshop fundraiser

A group called The Wasted Kollective hosted a Creative Art Workshop at The Attic Stockport in August, a day of art and hip hop which raised £169.05 for us.

[Photo courtesy of Andy Bedford photography]

Football fundraiser at Stockport County

Courtesy of the Stockport County Community Foundation, we were down at County’s fixture versus Alfreton Town with a team of Sky fundraisers (more details on all of Sky’s fundraising below), and raised £237.09 through our pre-match bucket collection.

Petersgate Tap

The pub raised £495 for us through their excellent quiz (with £300 of extra fund-matching still pending), £151.56 with a Christmas beer raffle and £88.60 through the sale of pump clips from the bar. Here is a photo with our big cheque celebrating the current total of £735.16:

Pump clips are still being sold and another quiz is in the planning for winter, so watch this space for more updates.

The Kingsway School

The school completed their 13th sponsored walk in aid of six charities, and we received £2276 to support our local services. This 12 mile walk was a fantastic event and everyone involved did so well.

Sky Stockport

We are Charity of the Year for Sky in Stockport. Two of their staff completed a 24 hour three peak (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) challenge with seven other friends and have raised over £800.

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!”

Glen’s run

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.

Marcus – marathon

Staff member Marcus was due to take on the Lancaster Marathon for us in September, in memory of his Dad who sadly died aged 59 in March. This was to form part of a wider fundraising campaign which includes two other charities. Due to injury he now plans to undertake three half-marathons instead, at a later date. You can donate to his effort here.

Marcus running with his Dad in the late 1990s

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.


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, completed a Tough Mudder event for us in Yorkshire in late July and raised over £140.

The company held a tuck shop which raised £100, fund-matched by the company to add on another £100.

numero’s Pizza and Games evening was great fun, and raised £108.

Stockport Carnival and Stockport Pride

Stockport Carnival and Stockport Pride are two community events that we now attend each summer, allowing us to raise mental health awareness and funds.

This year we had tombolas at both events, as well as Guess The Name Of The Teddy. We raised £151.25 at the Carnival and £136.80 at Pride.

Thank you to everyone who came for a chat, played the tombola/game or donated prizes.

Vikki’s Snowdon fundraiser

Vikki climbed Snowdon to fundraise for us in memory of a family friend who sadly lost their life to suicide. She raised over £190.

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).

Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.

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.


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.



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’s run 

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’s birthday

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

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’s run

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 hereKate 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.”

Asda Reddish

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 Cheadle

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.

Co-op membership

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.