Lancashire Mind would not be the organisation it is without the financial support of local individuals, groups and organisations donated via so many fun, creative and challenging fundraising activities. Here are just a few of our fantastic fundraisers with details of how and why they fundraise for Lancashire Mind.
Fundraising Activity: Donations to Lancashire Mind in place of birthday gifts
"I chose to fundraise for Lancashire Mind as mental wellbeing is so important to me. I have loved ones that suffer with poor mental health. I also suffer with poor mental health and in 2019 it got to the point where I felt it would never end. Luckily I am still here and have an amazing support system around me that got me through the lowest point of my life and continue to help me manage my mental wellbeing day to day. However I am aware that there are people not as lucky as me and I wanted to help those people.
I thought it was the perfect opportunity in lockdown to swap out birthday gifts for charity donations. In the midst of such a scary time for our community, there will be many people who will need metal health support more than ever.
Seeing the support I got from friends and families donations was such a great feeling, and the fact I got to raise 150% of my initial target was amazing. If anyone is thinking about doing something like this as a fundraiser just go for it. You will be surprised the amount of support you get."
Fundraising Activity: Skydive
"I chose to raise money for Lancashire Mind because I feel really strongly about supporting mental health and the services Lancashire Mind provides to so many people.
My step father died by suicide in 2017. It was a very difficult time for my whole family. My mum suffers heavily with mental health conditions and has been in and out of hospital for years because of it. I’m fundraising to give back to all the people that have helped my family.
I chose to do a skydive because I’m scared of flying, so I thought why not jump out of a plane! The support I’ve had from friends and family has been amazing and I can't thank them enough! I would urge anyone to take part in a fundraiser as even the smallest amount helps a much needed service to be there for people who need it the most.”
Fundraising Challenge: Cumbria Way and the Guild Wheel Walk
"I did my first fundraising event in 2016 and never looked back. The feeling I got helping others while pushing my limits and exploring the UK through outdoor challenges is amazing.
I have chosen to fundraise for Lancashire Mind over the last six months and, in the future, to raise more awareness about suicide and mental health within the community. With losing a close friend to suicide recently it becomes more real . I want to do anything I can do to help.
I chose to do the 80 mile Cumbria Way Challenge for my good friend Paul, who died by suicide. I also did it for my own mind and to raise more awareness about mental health. I have also organised the Guild Wheel Walk, which is 21 miles, for the last four years, to get all the community involved. It's amazing to see everyone enjoy themselves and everyone who supports this walk. It's community that makes this fundraising event even more special, seeing them supporting their local charities. I'm working on other personal fundraising challenges and I want to go further and test my own limits. Mind over matter, staying safe and mentally strong.
I would say to anyone thinking of fundraising for Lancashire Mind involve your family, friends and community as much as you can. If you're debating doing a fundraiser just do it, you will enjoy every minute. Be an inspiration to yourself and others."
Fundraising Challenge: Various
"My 16 year old daughter took her own life in February 2018. She suffered with depression and anxiety.
After this I wanted to spread awareness as well as raising funds for a charity that works with young people. My partner Lorraine came across Lancashire Mind's website and from that day I decided to fund raise for Lancashire Mind.
I have done quite a few fundrasining events for Lancashire Mind but the first one was called Shine for Sian and it was to raise awareness, raise funds and to celebrate my daughter's life. Shine for Sian was a ska/Punk night with two bands and a video DJ we had a secret bid art auction, photo booth & a raffle and it was a great success. We raised a massive £20,000 and, at the time, it was the highest amount the charity had received in one donation since it was founded!
Since then we have organised a few family fun days, dance nights, a quiz, cross bay walk (Morecambe Bay) and a foam party. We also had some bespoke bracelets made up and sold them and we had some badges made up with our balloon logo on which we sell.
Last summer I organised a charity skydive day which raised over £12,000 for Lancashire Mind.Because the skydive raises a lot of money, without a lot of organising, I'm going to concentrate on running this event in the future and maybe some other events.
Fundraising gives me a sense of achievement. I know what I raise will go towards helping young people in our area which is a fantastic feeling. Because I use the Shine for Sian logo whilst fundraising people know that it's in memory of my daughter Sian Waterhouse and that make me really proud of Sian.
To anyone thinking about fundrasing- do it! Lancashire Mind are very helpful and the people you meet whilst fund raising are brilliant. The feeling that you get while doing it is good and knowing that your input and efforts will be helping someone who needs it is amazing."