Mind – for better mental health
MoneySuperMarket and Mind launched a two-year partnership in January 2013, in order to both raise awareness and money to back the charity which helps ensure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.
More than one-in-four of us in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and demand for Mind’s free Infoline (0300 123 3393) has risen by 55% in the last two years – up from 51,300 to 79,600.
Clare Francis, Editor-in-Chief at Money Supermarket, encouraged her colleagues at MoneySuperMarket to choose Mind as its charity of the year after her husband, Mark Hanson, took his own life after a 13-year battle with depression and anxiety.
Since then, Clare has thrown herself into raising awareness of Mind’s work in a bid to help others avoid her pain.
Clare said: “Raising money for Mind is something that means a lot to me personally, and I am absolutely thrilled that we were able to smash our fundraising target. There’s still a huge stigma around suicide. Mark didn’t want people to know about his illness because he saw it as a weakness and thought they’d think less of him and he was worried that it would affect his career prospects.
“This sort of thinking is a strain those suffering with mental illness shouldn’t have to bear. We’ll never know if telling people about his illness could have saved Mark, but I firmly believe that better awareness and understanding of mental illness is essential if we are to break down the stigma and show those suffering that they will be supported and helped.
“Raising more than four times as much money as we have ever raised for charity shows just how much Mind’s work, and the subject of mental health resonated with everybody at MoneySuperMarket.”
And here’s how it was done…
Over 140 separate fundraisers were held during the two year charity partnership - including everything from cake sales, to raffles, to car washes and Dragon Boat racing.
The most EPIC fundraiser of all came in February 2014, when a team of 12 MoneySuperMarket staff took a week out to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s highest free-standing mountain – and raise a staggering £47,000 for Mind.
Other energetic efforts included staff members running the Royal Parks Half Marathon, the Three Peaks Challenge, and completing the Tough Mudder assault course, while some staff members ran full marathons to raise money.
And then there was the Ice Bucket Challenge, which saw MoneySuperMarket donate £5,000 to Mind.
After a successful two years of fundraising for Mind, MoneySuperMarket’s charity partner for the next two years will be the National Autistic Society (NAS) – the leading UK charity for people with Autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.
And some EPIC fundraisers have already been organised – including marathons in London, Berlin and New York and a High Atlas Three Peak Challenge in Morocco – so watch this space…
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