We’re now in our second year of supporting Solent Mind as our corporate charity. Most people will know at least one person who has suffered from poor mental health and Solent Mind provide an extremely important service to local people, close to our head office in Southampton.
We’re all trying to raise as much as possible to make changes to the lives of those suffering with mental illness and those family and friends supporting them. As a business which is keen to encourage physical and mental health, we’ve supported our own #GetOutside messaging and many staff have taken part in football tournaments and marathons. Our OS Runners raised over £1,000 running a relay marathon from London to Cardiff earlier this year. Plus, OS participants completed the London Marathon, and we have people taking part in the Great South Run later this year.
This weekend, our CEO Nigel Clifford and his daughter Caitlin will be taking part in the Great North Run, helping to raise more awareness of mental health issues and fundraise for Solent Mind. You can find out more about Nigel and support his challenge on JustGiving.
Alongside sporting fundraising, we’ve also held the tradition cake sales, hosted a music quiz and our choir, Off the Scale, has taken part in several charity concerts. Not to mention the OS Craft Club, who created a fantastic Great British Craftography Map which was auctioned off.
Join OS at a charity ball
We have a lot more planned through to the end of March 2018, including a fantastic Charity Ball taking place at The Solent Hotel and Spa on Friday 22 September, which is open to all. Abbey Oakley from Solent Mind will be there to talk about the charity’s work and her involvement in the Heads Up campaign for children’s mental health. Plus, our special guest speaker is Bryony Gordon, The Telegraph columnist and Sunday Times bestselling author. Bryony’s book Mad Girl depicts what it is like living with OCD, bulimia and depression with trademark humour, warmth and eye watering honesty.
Raffle prizes on the night include an evening spa experience at Careys Manor in the New Forest, an Amazon Echo and Bose Soundsport Wireless Headphones. With dinner, dancing and a silent auction all fitted in, it promises to be a great night and raises money for Solent Mind.
Buy tickets and raise money for Solent Mind
If you’d like to help us raise even more money to support Solent Mind, you can buy raffle tickets at £5 each, or come along to the ball for £50 per ticket. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and more information.