Our Charity Partner
Our initial two-year partnership with Mental Health UK began in January 2017, aiming to raise at least £2 million each year during 2017 and 2018. Colleagues and customers quickly outstripped expectations, raising an astonishing £4.8 million in the first 12 months, smashing our target of £2 million per year.
Colleagues and customers continued to demonstrate their passion for the cause as year two of our partnership saw another record-breaking year, raising close to £4 million, bringing our total funds raised to over £8 million since the partnership began.
As a result of the funds raised, Mental Health UK has:
• Launched a Mental Health & Money Advice Service, providing expertise and care, saving people money; giving them the confidence and support to manage their financial difficulties practically and emotionally.
• Produced a mental health information guide which has so far been distributed to 5,000 GP surgeries and to 400,000 students at Universities. The guide aims to help reduce stigma and signpost to important support services for those who need it most.
• And is on track to open 40 new support groups in isolated communities across the UK by 2020. Support Groups are a sympathetic and non-judgement listening space, where members can share information and ideas on how to cope.
With issues around mental health resonating so strongly with colleagues and customers, we felt there was still so much more we could achieve together. We are delighted to be continuing our life-changing partnership with Mental Health UK for a third year.
Over 12,000 colleagues voted for the programme they wanted to support in 2019, voting overwhelmingly that fundraising should focus on tackling mental health challenges in young people. Research* shows that one in eight children and young people have experienced a mental health issue in 2018.
The programme will look at the main issues affecting young people, equip them with the skills and knowledge to protect their mental health and prevent long-term mental health challenges in later years. The scheme aims to reach over 100,000 young people in schools across the UK.
Our signature fundraising event for 2019 will be Walk the Talk, taking place between 7 - 18 October. Walk the Talk aims to get colleagues walking and talking about mental health, helping to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness whilst raising vital funds for Mental Health UK.