£5,300 raised to improve mental health in Essex

£5,300 raised to improve mental health in Essex
11th January 2019 Amanda Bhavnani
Staff and residents celebrate money raised for Mind

Greenfields’ staff, residents and partners braved the shave, raced through Ultra Marathons and held fun events to raise £5,325.22 for Mid and North East Essex Mind in 2018

Greenfields Community Housing staff and involved residents voted for the local cause before organising a series of fundraisers throughout the year.

One event saw staff member Hannah Woods shave off her shoulder length hair while colleague Mitchell Simmons had his legs waxed. The fundraiser, watched by colleagues enjoying popcorn back in May, raised £655.

And in August, staff members Debbie Mitchell and Natalie Williamson broke a sweat raising £565 by running the 31-mile Stour Valley Ultra Marathon. Money has also been raised through bake sales, casual dress days and contributions at community events.

Mid and North East Essex Mind believes that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis, they’ll listen, give you support and advice and fight your corner. Jenny MacPherson, Community Partnerships Fundraiser, said:

“We would like to thank everyone at Greenfields Community Housing for their support over the past year – it has been fantastic to work alongside staff and see their motivation and passion for the cause. The money raised from the partnership will go directly to funding services in the local area for those experiencing a mental health problem. Thank you to everyone involved in making the partnership a success.”

Emma Palmer, Greenfields’ Chief Executive, said: “As an organisation, we believe that good mental health is as important as physical health. We offer initiatives and activities for staff and residents to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as referring them to supportive organisations like Mid and North East Essex Mind, where needed. We know the charity does fantastic work and are proud to contribute towards it.”

This year, Greenfields is supporting Farleigh Hospice, who provide hospice care to people affected by life-limiting illnesses across mid Essex, including families, carers and those who are bereaved.

In the first weeks of 2019, staff have already donated unwanted Christmas presents to the charity while residents enjoying our New Year pantomime performances also donated generously. Click on this link to read more: Free pantos are a treasure for hundreds of our residents!