Staff raise vital funds for Teesside's branch of the Samaritans

Staff at Thirteen raised almost £775 for the Teesside branch of the Samaritans during world suicide prevention awareness day.

WMHD

24 Oct 2019

As well as raise money and have fun it was a great opportunity to encourage staff to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen and to do this we arranged various events and activities across the business.

We held a dress down day and arranged some great activities such as a charity bake off where staff put their baking skills to the test, yoga, mindfulness sessions, arts and crafts and a fantastic darts competition.

Colleagues also took part in a fun charity football match at Stockton football club with entertainment afterwards and as part of the evening, Mike Mcgrother from the Wildcats of Kilkenny launched his most ambitious community project yet… One More Light. It was a call to action to bring together thousands of Teessiders to record Linkin’ Park’s ‘One More Light and Thirteen alongside schools, colleges, and the blue light services, are all committed to making a difference and getting involved.

Heather Ashton, executive director of resources, said:

“As an organisation that's committed to maintaining a happy and healthy workforce, I'm really pleased that so many people got involved in world suicide prevention awareness day.

"It's so important that we talk about mental health and face it head-on and I'm proud to be showing our commitment to mental health.

“I’d really like to thank all our mental health advocates who made the day such a success and are always on hand to offer support to our colleagues.

“I’m also really thrilled to be handing over a cheque to the Samaritans who do such a fantastic job. Every six seconds somebody contacts Samaritans for help and hopefully our fundraising will go some way to helping them continue to recruit, train and support volunteers and keep this free, life-saving service going 24 hours a day.”

Jane Smith, Director of Teesside Samaritans, added:

“On behalf of Teesside Samaritans we would like to thank everyone who raised this money for us. We feel humbled that so many people were willing to give up their free time to help us.

“We must fundraise every year to run our service which costs in the region of £18,000. The money Thirteen has raised will enable us to raise awareness in the wider community and train more volunteers as we know that demand for our service is increasing.”