In September, seven intrepid individuals from Careys Plc will be reaching for the sky – by taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge and trying their hardest to raise a whopping £4,000 in support of Brent Wandsworth and Westminster Mind. We spoke to Alanha Dunbar, Community Liason Officer at Careys, about the forthcoming challenge.
On 23rd April, the wonderful Year 12 students of Queens Park Community School in Brent, took part in the First Give Project. Five teams of six form students presented to their classmates and a panel of judges, hoping to win £1,000 to support their chosen charity.
First Give is a project designed to engage secondary school children with the work of local charity organisations, encouraging them to consider initiatives to raise awareness and funds that will support their local community. Students also need to do a presentation on their chosen charity to their classmates, teachers and a panel of judges (made up from local representatives), in order to compete to win £1,000 for their charity.
Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind were picked by Group 4, who gave an excellent and informative presentation on the impact of negative mental health, of the prevalence of mental health issues in the UK, and what they would do to raise awareness of BWW Mind’s work.
Other charities represented on the day were Kiva, Kensal Rise Under 5’s and the Flying Seagul Project.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Kristiyan, Ana and Ina for picking us and for doing so well to convey the work that we do here. The students showed they were both confident and compassionate and we were hugely impressed by their organisational skills and community action plans.
Thanks also to First Give for helping to pioneer this amazing schools participation project.
Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind is delighted to have been selected as the charity partner of the year by the London office of Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm with 13 other offices as far afield as Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg and Washington DC.
We are grateful to have been picked over so many other worthwhile organisations and are thrilled not only at the opportunity to raise funds but to be able to raise awareness of the work that we do, the issues surrounding those experiencing mental health problems, and to play a part in ensuring the Covington staff have the right tools to maintain their own good mental wellbeing!
The good folks at Covington will be taking part in a number of fundraising activities throughout the year, raising money to support our service users. Already, they have raised funds through a Jeans Day and have already donated almost £350 in just a few months!
Watch this space for more updates on the inventive ways the Covington staff are raising vital income to support those experiencing mental health issues in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster!