Crisis Appeal 2015
In 2015, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind hit a financial crisis and was faced with closure after a shortfall of £20,000 left us unable to continue operating into the next financial quarter.
In just six weeks, we received £25,786 in cash from people, businesses and organisations from across Yorkshire and beyond wanting to donate to our Save SWR Mind Crisis Appeal.
With just 24 hours to go on 28 May, we still had £4,000 left to raise but this figure was smashed by people’s generosity, moving our staff, who had been placed on redundancy notice, to tears of joy.
Hundreds of people, businesses and organisations donated via Just Giving, text message and cheques, some did fund-raisers while others turned up at our office in Scarborough with envelopes of cash or made bank transfers so we could continue to stay open after a deadline of 29 May.
Despite having existed as an independent charity on the Yorkshire Coast for more than 50 years, we had hit a financial crisis due to cuts in funding and falling donations at a time when our services are needed more than ever. We have to raise our own money to support people in the local community and we do not receive any money from charity shops or national Mind who we are only affiliated to in name.
Best-selling author and screenwriter GP Taylor from Scarborough broke his silence about his own battle with severe depression that led him to almost take his own life and of how the we gave him life-saving support along with around 1,000 other people every year that we also help with mental illnesses.
Our campaign on social media also went viral on Twitter with a whole host of celebrities tweeting their support using the hashtag #saveswrmind.
Mental health charities are among the least popular choices for donations, despite mental health affecting 1 in 4 of us and at a time when there are less and less services for people to access. We were in a desperate situation which was very distressing for all the people we work with as well as those who are employed or volunteer for the charity.
As a charity we need to find £250,000 every year to sustain ourselves, employing eight staff supported by 60 volunteers who work with some of the most vulnerable people in society, some who have nowhere else to turn to, are suicidal and with no hope left.
Around 40,000 people – that's one in four people living in Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale - will experience mental health difficulties at some time in their lives.
We are the only charity in the area to undertake outreach work and take urgent referrals from other services for people suffering from illnesses including anxiety, depression, lifelong illnesses such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia, and those experiencing psychosis or battling an eating disorder.
People can continue to donate to us here on our website, our Just Giving pagewww.justgiving.com/swrmind or by texting SWRM22 with the amount they want to donate in £ to 70070.
You can also send a cheque made payable to Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, PO Box 304, Scarborough, YO11 3YJ.