We are delighted to be Veolia Environmental Services’ first ever Charity of the Year.
Veolia Environmental Services is the leading waste management and recycling company in the UK and
this partnership gives Mind the opportunity to engage with Veolia’s 12,000 staff across the country.
Since 2011, Veolia Environmental Services has raised over £85,000 for Mind and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), through employee fundraising and corporate donations. Staff up and down the country have been taking part in Mind's major fundraising events, (such as the Three Peaks Challenge, Royal Parks Half Marathon and London to Paris bike ride), organising everything from sky dives to cake sales and taking part in our Spring and Winter raffles.
Lloyd Sutton, Veolia’s Head of Procurement, ran six half marathons in just six weeks for Mind. Here he talks about Veolia’s support for Mind, having just completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Veolia Environmental Services' Charity Champion Kelly Booth, said:Mind is a charity that is very close to my heart as a close family member has bipolar disorder. I raised over £1,000 by organising a charity gig, cake stalls and dressed our site operatives as Singing Santas, which made local TV! It was an absolute pleasure fundraising for Mind; I found the whole experience enjoyable and rewarding.
The partnership isn’t just about fundraising. Over 300 Veolia employees have volunteered at our Mind shops, our local Minds and at Ecominds projects, donating their time to make a direct positive impact.
A team of us joined the Eco-minds project Beat in Haworth, Yorkshire where, with other volunteers, we planted 600 saplings and a hawthorn hedgerow on an exposed hillside. ‘Beat’ a Bradford Environmental group works with a wide range of people and promotes the benefits of fresh air and exercise for those with a range of personal challenges. We had a great day with Ian our host in the fresh air, with volunteers from as far a field as Turkey and France.
Mind has also worked closely with Veolia's Human Resources and Learning & Development teams to provide mental health awareness training and consultancy.
Jean-Dominique Mallet, Chief Executive of Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc, said: We chose Mind as our company charity of the year as we feel that they campaign for a great cause. Mind also share some of our core values such as improving and investing in local communities and we are proud to support the charities commitment to creating a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all.
The commitment from our staff in 2011, helped to raise over £85,000 for Mind through fundraising activities. Our staff also invested 1,200 hours of time through volunteering at Mind’s network of shops and services. Our support of Mind will continue in 2012, which will enable this great charity to continue helping the 1 in 4 people who experience a mental health problem in any given year, through its vital work, in particular Ecominds, which involves working with people on environmental projects.
All the money raised helps us to continue to improve the quality of life of people with mental health problems and helps us campaign towards our vision of ensuring that everyone gets the support and respect they need.
Find out more about on Veolia Environmental Services online.
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