BSS Industrial staff have chosen to fundraise for Mind as part of the organisation's two-year charity partnership - and kicked off proceedings with a colourful balloon race held at its Leicestershire head-office on 3rd November 2014.
The balloon race was the first of many planned fundraising efforts, with many more activities due to be completed at BSS Industrial branches in the UK.
Over the next two years, BSS Industrial hopes to raise a total of £100,000 which will allow Mind to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem in England and Wales. Sister charities Niamh, (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) and SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health) will ensure BSS supports projects across the UK.
Chris Hufflett, Managing Director of BSS Industrial, said: “We are extremely proud to support such an important cause and give back to the communities where our branches are based. Statistics show that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and as a result we feel that promoting greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues, with Mind, is very important.
“We have achieved phenomenal success with our previous charity Help the Hospices. I want to thank all our staff for their hard work in supporting this cause. We look forward to replicating this outstanding effort and the same positive response across our network of customers, suppliers, and colleagues.”
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “I'd like to thank BSS Industrial for choosing Mind, we’re thrilled to have their support. Money raised throughout our partnership will ensure our helplines, website information and online community can continue to give anyone experiencing a mental health problem somewhere to turn for advice and support.
"We want to be there so that nobody has to face a mental health problem alone and the generosity, commitment and support of BSS Industrial, and their intrepid staff, will help us to provide vital support for people who need it, when they need it the most.”