Join fight to save our charity from closure
17th April 2015
Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) has helped more than 8,000 people in the past 10 years and countless more in the 53 years we have existed on the Yorkshire coast.
Sadly, we are facing closure, unless people can get behind our emergency £20,000 appeal.
We are affiliated to the national Mind charity but raise our own funds to provide life-saving services and do not receive any of the money generated from donations made to Mind's charity shops across the country.
This week we have officially launched our #saveswrmind campaign in the hope of raising the money needed to remain open.
If we are able to meet the £20,000 target by the end of May, we then have the time and resources to raise a further £80,000 to secure our long-term future from grants, donations and fund-raising.
In the past week alone, cash has started to roll in via our Just Giving text number, website www.justgiving.com/swrmind and our social media campaign on Twitter is gathering pace.
Celebrities are already getting behind us and have been tweeting their support using the hashtag #saveswrmind.
A host of stars include Simon Gregson who plays Steve McDonald and is battling depression on ITV soap Coronation Street along with his mum Liz McDonald played by actress Beverley Callard, have tweeted their support.
They have been joined by actresses Denise Welch and Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt, journalist and political aide Alistair Campbell, former professional footballer Clarke Carlisle, TV presenter Fiona Philips, New York Times bestselling author GP Taylor, actor and presenter Christopher Biggins and singer/songwriter Marc Almond who have all tweeted their support.
But people living in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, have been doing their bit too and publicising #saveswrmind on Twitter and Facebook.
Sophie Hall, head of services at SWR Mind said: "Most people have been touched by mental illness in some way, this could be a family member, your neighbour or a friend.
“Please support us to ensure nobody in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale has to face their problems and deal with their mental health on their own.”
There are many ways you can help including holding fund-raisers such as charity collections, dare devil activities like sky diving to bake sales, family fun days, quizzes, raffles plus many more.
We are also appealing to any businesses and other organisations to consider making a donation if they wish to get in touch with us.
Along with our 20 staff who will be made redundant if we do not survive, are our dedicated team of volunteers.
One of these is Joanne Jacques-Hale from Whitby who is doing a 1,000 mile bike ride across the length of the country from Land's End to John O'Groats.
She said: “SWR Mind is an amazing charity that does so much good work with so many people living along the Yorkshire Coast.
“Without this charity, those it works with who suffer from conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, will simply have nowhere else to turn.
” Click here to support Joanne
Mick Hall, SWR Mind volunteer added: ''I have worked as a volunteer with the charity for the past four years and I can't imagine life without it. There will be a big hole left in people's lives if it were to shut its doors for good.
“As for many people, SWR Mind is their lifeline as with mental illness they can often feel isolated and alone.
“I along with the many people who are helped or give their time to help this charity would be so grateful to any residents, businesses or organisations who can help with fund-raising or would like to donate to our charity's crisis appeal.”
So far through our Save SWR Mind campaign we have already raised £8,800 in donations from housing provider Yorkshire Coast, Homes Scarborough Mayoress' Fund and our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/swrmind
Yorkshire Coast Homes is planning a number of fund-raising events in the coming weeks and volunteers are setting up their own events on our behalf, such as fund-raising at Pickering Town FC on Saturday 18 April at their Mill Lane ground.
People can donate to our appeal online via our website, our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/swrmind or by texting SWRM22 with the amount you want to donate in £ to 70070.
You can also send a cheque made payable to Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, PO Box 304, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3YJ.