The event called Sound and Mind featured local singers, dancers and other performers.
Marissa, from Blackburn, decided to put on the small festival, which took place in early September, because she wanted to create something fun, uplifting and positive for those in her local community whilst also raising awareness and funds for her local mental health charity.
The festival took place in early September and was held at the Anchor Pub after the landlady there offered use of the venue free of charge in support of the event. The fundraiser, which adhered to all social distancing guidelines at that time, sold out and despite organising the event in just two weeks Marissa, who is Managing Director at Talespin Theatre, was able to put on a full day of entertainment for guests.
Performers included-Leah Eccles, Wish Upon A Star Events, Rob Ashton, Ark Company (House of Fusion), Paul Jenkins, Isabelle Ingham, Jordan Kennedy, Charlotte Allan, Cal Brown, John Mackie and Missie Jay. The event was also hosted by Daniel Westwood. Companies Deli Box and Tipsy Tie Dye also attended the event and ran stalls for festival guests.
Fundraising Lead Emma Bateson said: "We can't thank Marissa and all those involved in the Sound and Mind Festival enough. Organising an event such as can be challenging enough but given the circumstances at the time there was so much more to think about. However, Marissa didn't let that put her off and was able to come up with a safe way for people to come together and enjoy a fantastic day of entertainment. There are still so many ways to support Lancashire Mind through fundraising even if your original activity can no longer go ahead there may be ways to adapt it so that you can continue to support us safely. "
The Sound and Mind event was not only about raising funds but also raising awareness of mental health and the festival gave guests the opportunity to find out more about the work Lancashire Mind does within their local area and the services and resources available to them. The day also gave people the chance to come together safely and enjoy some light entertainment at what has been a challenging time.
Emma added: "As we continue to lose income through cancelled events and challenges we need supporters like Marissa more so than ever. As a local, independent charity the £500 donation we have received from the Sound and Mind event will go a long way. For example, it could:
- Deliver five whole school assemblies on the five ways to wellbeing, helping children to look after their own wellbeing
- Provide two courses of 1-to-1 coaching sessions for two people facing barriers to achieving good mental health
- Answer calls to up to 100 people, providing emotional support and signposting them to the help they need