Door manufacturer JB Kind is to support for Mind, the mental health charity for the next two years.
Managing director James Cadman said the overwhelming feedback from employees was that they wanted to support a charity which helped people with mental health. He said: “It became very clear when we asked our staff that supporting mental health was very much the direction we wanted to go in.
“The pandemic has taken a huge mental health toll on many people across the globe. We are so impressed with the work that Burton and District Mind does, that we wanted to help them reach out to many more people, which hopefully we can do by pledging to raise money for them during 2022 and 2023.”
Burton and District Mind are currently celebrating their 30th year of enabling good mental health. Its team helps 3,000 people a year recover from primary mental health needs through high quality integrative counselling, plus mindfulness, eco-therapy and peer support.
Keri Lawrence, development and sustainability officer for Burton and District Mind, said: “Our community is now in a mental health emergency. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on vulnerable people with existing mental health problems, with increased loneliness and poverty. But even more alarming, we have seen a rapid and lasting increase in people showing the tell-tale signs and symptoms of mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, for the first time.”
The team at JB Kind have planned a timetable of fun activities to raise funds for this significant and important charity. Kicking off with a Winter Olympic sweepstake in February, planned activities include an Easter raffle, summer pub quiz, baby photo competition and golf day, plus a monthly dress down day.
Cadman added: “Here at JB Kind charities are very important to us. In the past we have supported such worthy causes as Macmillan Cancer and Dementia UK, with all sorts of mad adventures including going on a trek up Mount Snowdon carrying one of our heaviest doors. The team have also thrown themselves out of a plane, and held a Warehouse Olympic Games. Over the last 10 years we have raised more than £35,000 and we can’t wait to start our fundraising programme for such a very worthy cause as Burton and District Mind.”