We are delighted that so many wonderful people have contacted us to raise vital funds to support our frontline mental health services this year. We would like to say a massive thanks to absolutely everyone involved in all of the below events.
The SpeaK Ball first took place in 2016 when Olivia Cain, Andrew Collins and Natalie Littlewood came together after losing Olivia’s father and Andy’s best friend in January 2015, when they both sadly took their own lives.
Having taken time to come to terms with such tragic losses, they decided to create an event which would be a positive way to move forward, raise awareness and funds, and establish a support system for the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones.
Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.
In previous years this event raised funds for our partners at Manchester Mind, and this year our local services were chosen as the beneficiaries, extending the success and benefit across the Greater Manchester area.
The Ball was a superb evening, taking place at the Hallmark Hotel in Handforth, and raising an incredible amount of money which currently stands at over £8000. This will be of huge benefit in supporting our local services, and we’re extremely grateful for this.
There is also a football match, linked to the Charity Ball, taking place on 18th November to raise even more funds for us. Thanks so much to all involved, also including the Heald Green Mind Shop for their involvement.
Charity Wellbeing morning
On Saturday 1st December, a wellbeing morning will be taking place in aid of our services, hosted at St Alban’s Church in Offerton. There will be speakers, massage, reiki, refreshments and more, so please feel free to go along any time between 9am and 1pm if you would like to get involved. Anyone who can’t attend can donate on the JustGiving page here, on which Marita – the organiser – gives an insight into her story, and what led to her launching this event.
A very impressive, collaborative 12 hour spinathon by staff and members of the gym raised £117.14 for us. They covered 260 miles between them, burning over 11,000 calories in the process. Well done to all!
Parfetts in Stockport have ongoing fundraising activities taking place in aid of our services, which began on the week of World Mental Health Day 2018. They have so far raised £231.16 and are hoping to raise much more in the coming weeks and months. We’re looking forward to hearing about all future events.
Royal Mail PFS
The head office for Royal Mail’s Property and Facilities Solutions is in Stockport, and they organised a wonderful week of Halloween-themed events for us, with the tag line ‘Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be scary’. The week included a cake bake, a quiz, and a Guess How Many Worms in the Jar task, raising £184.24. Cheers guys, and a special thanks to Lucinda who organised the week.
The pub held a funday for us, also on the week of World Mental Health Day. £410 has been raised so far, with more to come. Here is a beautifully written poem left behind on the day, so thanks very much to the pub and also to Katie for ‘From a special person to another’. Thanks also to Ambia and Holly at the Heald Green Mind shop for their involvement in this, as well as with the SpeaK ball (above).
Leanne Brosnahan raised £424 by completing the Manchester 10k, and an additional £37.93 through having collection tins in her salon. Here is her Dad Kevin, who is one of our Trustees, proudly presenting her with the certificate at a family meal. Lovely photo!
Glen receives support from our Carers Support Service and fought back from an injury to complete the Stockport 10k, raising £137.05. He said: “The Stockport 10K was a tough route this year, starting and finishing alongside the fountains on St Petersgate. The route took in Vernon Park, Woodbank Park, Red Rock and towards the end, the short but steep hill known as The Fish Brew up to the old market hall. The race was well organised and marshalled with plenty of fun for everyone who was waiting for the runners in the main race to finish.”
Joe not only completed the Tatton 10k in aid of our services, raising £660, but he blogged about his experiences as well; he wrote about how much his mental health benefited from running, and having this event as a focus and goal to work towards.
Kate ran her first half marathon in Manchester, raising £565.50. She 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.” Kate’s next mission is to run the Loch Ness Marathon for us in October 2019.
Staff member Marcus was due to take on the Lancaster Marathon for us, 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 will be postponing his run until next year, but in the meantime you can still donate to his effort here.
Northenden Golf Club
The golf club have opted to raise money for us, beginning in November, with ideas including raffles and a charity day. We’re excited to see what they have in store for us!
The Kingsway School
The school completed their 13th sponsored walk in aid of six charities, and we received £2276.73 to support our local services. This 12 mile walk was a fantastic event and everyone involved did so well.
Thursday at One
We support an art group called Thursday at One, and the volunteers who oversee the group kindly decided to make a donation of £100 back to us.
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
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, so watch this space for more updates.
We are Charity of the Year for Sky in Stockport. Through a Comedy Night, 3 peak challenge, Record Store Day event and running successes, they have raised over £3500 for us, including some fund-matching from the company.
Castle Hill High School
Four teachers from Castle Hill High School completed the Salford 10K for us in September, raising £569.12. Well done chaps!
numero are part of an organisation called Callcredit information Group and they have chosen us as their Charity of the Year. Through a Tough Mudder, tuck shop, and pizza and games evening, they have raised £728 for us.
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.
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.
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. She raised £30 and 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.
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.
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.