JB Kind raise £6,300 for Burton & District Mind

Posted: 14 Dec, 2023.

The JB Kind Doors team are pleased to announce that after two years of fundraising we have raised £6,300 for Burton & District Mind!

Back in January 2022 our team nominated their preferred choice of charity and it was clear that they wished to support a charity which helped people’s mental health. They recognised the toll that the Covid pandemic had taken on everyone’s mental health and set to work fundraising for our local branch of Mind.

Fundraising events have included a very successful charity Golf Day in 2022, as well as other activities like raffles, cake sales and sports sweepstakes. In October, the team held an 80’s themed Quiz Night, in celebration of the decade in which JB Kind started selling doors and their ‘40 years in Doors’ anniversary.

JB Kind Managing Director, James Cadman, says:

“Our team always put the ‘fun’ into fundraising and work hard to create an exciting calendar of events. This year’s highlight was definitely the 80’s quiz night and we were so pleased with the effort everyone made dressing up in 80’s inspired outfits, as well as their generosity and support.

“Working with Burton & District Mind has also helped us as a business, improving our mental health awareness. Through a series of inciteful workshops, our workforce has benefited from developing a better understanding of mental health, including strategies to help them support their own mental health and well-being.”

Burton and District Mind help more than 3,000 people a year recover from the wide spectrum of mental health needs through high quality counselling, activity groups, and one to one support for people in distress or disabled by mental illness.

Keri Lawrence, Development and Sustainability officer for Burton and District Mind, said:

“We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. The number of people experiencing mental health problems has increased due to the cost-of-living crisis and the aftermath of the pandemic. In the prolonged Mental Health Emergency, we need to do even more. More for our young people, more for people living in poverty and more with the communities who we have not connected with before. The support from JB Kind Doors has been staggering; £6,300 is an incredible amount over the last two years, particularly when we have all had to tighten belts over the last year.

“It has been an honour and delight to be sponsored by JB Kind Doors – they have provided a wonderful programme of activities from Golf tournaments to Quiz Nights and ‘at work’ team activities’, even inviting us to join in when we’ve been able to and have supported and invited other businesses to take part. We worked together with wellbeing sessions for their staff too!

“One of the pleasures of our work is we get to see miracles happen – it happens when we hear the words ‘thank you’ from the gentleman at our sports activity group whose anxiety prevented him from talking for years, it’s when that young lady finds the confidence to apply for a job as a outcome of our Future Focus service, it’s the smile on the face of the loneliest and saddest of people at our Crisis Cafe, it’s when our Safe Hands Worker hears the words “You are the first person to really listen to me as long as I can remember, and this gives me hope”. We also witness the miracle of the ‘generosity of strangers’ when people such as the team at JB Kind Doors donate time and funds to Burton and District Mind, so we can keep giving the most vulnerable people in our communities the support and respect they deserve.

“The generosity provided by JB Kind has powered our community campaign over the last two years and will continue to do so for time to come yet: Please talk, we are listening. You are worth the help and together we’ll find you help.”

James Cadman concludes:

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in our fundraising over the last two years, the JB Kind team, their family and friends, as well as our business partners that have made it possible to achieve our amazing total of £6,300.

“Christmas can be a poignant time of year and if anyone is struggling with mental health issues, either themselves or with a loved one, Burton & District Mind is the perfect first point of call for professional advice. And if you find that you have a few spare pounds to offer, please consider supporting them.”

If you need support with your mental health, or you would like to donate, then find out more at https://www.burtonmind.co.uk

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