Our Charity Partner
Our 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 raised an amazing £4.8 million in the first 12 months, smashing our overall target of £2 million per year.
Following the success in the first year of partnership, colleagues and customers continue to demonstrate their passion for the cause by raising £1.7 million in the first half of 2018, well on track to exceed the £2 million target by the end of the year. As a result of the funds raised, Mental Health UK have produced mental health information guides to be distributed across 5,000 GP surgeries around the UK. The guides aim to help people identify symptoms, access practical support and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
In addition funds raised will enable the charity to set up 40 new support groups, to connect with the most vulnerable people living with mental health issues who may be struggling in silence and are often the hardest to reach.
Walk the Talk is our signature fundraising event this September. Taking place between 17-21 September, Walk the Talk aims to get people walking and talking about mental health, helping to reduce the stimga attached to mental illness whilst raising funds for Mental Health UK.
Mental health problems can have a big impact on the lives of those affected and their loved ones. It is often a very isolating experience and with mental health often misunderstood, people may not know where to turn. Research from Lloyds Banking Group and Mental Health UK has found that two thirds of people (67%) are more comfortable talking about mental health conditions now than five years ago.
However, three quarters of people still believe there's a stigma attached to people with mental health conditions, and the same proportion would be unwilling to discuss their own mental health issues. Walk the Talk aims to change that by asking colleagues to walk and talk to change attitudes towards mental health whilst aiming to raise over £250,000 for Mental Health UK.