We are Serco's Charity of the Year

25th April 2016

SWR Mind is flying high after being chosen as charity of the year for Serco - a company based at RAF Fylingdales.

Our staff members Philip Hemingway and Carl Maw were invited up to the radar base, which looks out for missile attacks as well as monitoring activity in space such as NASA satellites and debris.

At the ballistic missile tracking base, the pair enjoyed a breakfast morning and met with Serco personnel. They found out more about Serco’s role as an international service provider at the RAF station as well as helping them launch their year of fund-raising for us.

Sophie Hall, interim CEO added: “We are very excited and pleased to be Serco’s charity of the year and are really grateful they have chosen us to benefit from all their fund-raising efforts.

“We are always in great need of funds to continue our work with people experiencing mental health problems in the local community, many of whom have nowhere else to turn.”

Among the charity events that Serco staff are organising include a car wash, fund-raising on American Independence Day, a Golf Day and a sponsored walk. Mind staff are also being treated to a tour of the base later this year.

Philip said: “It was an intriguing journey getting onto the base with all the tight security. It made me realise how secure our defence installations are.

“Everybody there was really friendly and were pleased to welcome us as their charity of the year. We were introduced to the base’s Wing Commander Dave Keighley and Andy Lawrence from Serco.

“We gave a presentation about Mind and the services that we provide and they told us about what they do to support their charity of the year and the various events they have throughout the year.

“We also learnt about the base and what they do there. It was a really fascinating experience.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with SWR Mind can call us on (01723) 588008 or email info@swrmind.org.uk