We were delighted to be chosen as Arcadis’ Charity of the Year, for two years. Arcadis are leading global design and consultancy firm and as well as fundraising for Mind, they are keen to raise awareness about mental health issues throughout their organisation.
Arcadis are planning to raise over £160,000 for Mind over two years as well as organising training in a vast range of mental health topics throughout the organisation.
They are also planning to sign the Time to Change Pledge, committing to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health. Teams from across the organisation also took part in a number of activities on Time to Talk Day this year, including a mental health pub quiz and myth busting exercises.
Arcadis organised a huge challenge event in June 2017 where teams took part in various challenges throughout the Cotsworlds walking or running a 35 mile route, or cycling a 120 mile route. Arcadis had 400 people sign up and raised over £65,000.
With lots of other fundraising events planned throughout 2018 including a challenge event around the Peak District, we're confident that Arcadis will smash their target and help us ensure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Alan Brookes, CEO at Arcadis, said:
“I’m honoured to be supporting Mind as our corporate charity for 2017 & 2018, as voted for by our people. The issue of mental health is one that people often shy away from discussing, but I think it’s extremely important that we help to shine a spotlight on something that, either directly or indirectly, has impacted on so many people.
“I was stunned when I learned that Mind receives over 65,000 calls a year and, due to the high volume, are unable to answer them all. This highlights just how important it is for us to support the vital work being done by the charity, and so our goal each year is to raise £100,000 for Mind that could go to towards the training of two much needed telephone operators for the helpline.
“Our big fundraising event will see 600 people from our UK business walking, running and cycling a 36 mile route in the Cotswolds and will be supported by additional events in offices across the country. We have also launched a programme to give wellbeing and mental health support to our own people in our continued effort to breakdown the stigma around mental health.”