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HELP crisis fundraising campaign – what people can do
When our campaign started, one person who had used the charity’s services said that they didn’t know what to say, just that: ‘I could write a book on how much South Lakeland Mind has helped me.’

Words like these compel us to keep trying to persuade people to make donations and save the charity for our local community beyond Christmas. Just a few pounds really can make a difference when they form part of a larger effort.

Jonathan Ingram, Chief Officer, said: ‘It was good at our public meeting this week to be able to explain about the charity’s very difficult situation, but more importantly we had lots of positive suggestions about what to do. Now we have to make sure that those suggestions reach as many people as possible. We just can’t do this alone, we need people to step up and take action.

‘The thought that the community could so easily sleepwalk into the closure of such an important local organisation, supporting so many vulnerable people, is deeply worrying.’

So, what can people do?

1. Take action - First, take action on the charity’s behalf. And it has to be now. We are asking people to use their own ideas, and then tell us what they’re doing so we can publicise what’s happening.

2. Give the charity a donation It is the most important action, in the end, and even a small amount does make a difference. It adds up, it shows that the community cares, and it could help lead larger funders to take action:

Text Giving - MIND05£your amount to 70070 (e.g. MIND05£10)

Or cheques to South Lakeland Mind, Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PU

3. Do a fundraising event or challenge - Talk to us about it and we will publicise what you’re doing. You could also volunteer to help with the Friends of South Lakeland Mind fundraising music event on 6 December: www.facebook.com/helpslmind

4. Pass the word on - To family, friends, people you know, people you think should know. Talk, Tweet, Facebook, letter, email... whatever works for you.

5. Write to our local MP, Tim Farron - You can say what South Lakeland Mind means to you, and ask for his continuing support.

6. Write to the Gazette, your local paper, your parish newsletter, etc. - Tell people what South Lakeland Mind means to you, and ask people to help.

7. Help us distribute fundraising postcards near where you live - Get in touch and we’ll get it organised with you.

8. Tell us what South Lakeland Mind means to you - This is invaluable for our work and showing funders the value of what we do. Just a sentence is all it takes.

Remember, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in 2015. And we provide help, right here in our community, with an amazing 25 volunteers for every member of staff.

On behalf of the trustees, staff, volunteers and all those who we work alongside, I hope that you will keep taking our appeal for HELP for this outstanding local charity far and wide.

Find out more - If you would like to find out more about our HELP campaign, or get involved, please get in touch with us on 01539 740591 (info@slmind.org), or have a look at our website www.slmind.org for the latest updates. To contact the Chief Officer, call 01539 740591 (jingram@slmind.org)