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HELP crisis fundraising campaign – more progress
The campaign has gone so well that people can now be certain that they are helping a charity which will survive not just beyond Christmas, but – with hard work – into the future. We just had out 100th donation on our Just Giving site, and public donations now stand at £16,258. That’s a phenomenal achievement and testament to the generosity of local people... but wouldn’t it be good to reach £20,000 before Christmas?

We have had additional support from the Hadfield Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation and others, and including everything we have now raised over £50,000. It means we’re homing in on our £60-70,000 minimum target.

Jonathan Ingram, chief officer, said: ‘This campaign has always been about what each person can do, or what each group can do. More than anything else, I’d like to make sure that people do know how much this support is appreciated, and the difference it will make to so many people’s lives here in our community.

‘This generosity has meant that we are now looking to bring forward plans which will help make the charity more sustainable. This is all to the good – the last thing we want is to raise this money and then bounce back to crisis in 6 months’ time.

‘We do need help in this. We need to be working with local business leaders and welcome their input. We need new trustees as well to enhance the board, especially with financial skills. And we need other volunteers too, to sustain fundraising, influencing and other activities in 2015 and beyond. Funding is so tight at present, and we need the best people helping us so that we can keep helping vulnerable people.

‘And for now we just need to keep going. The support we provide hasn’t stopped for a day during the campaign, and we’re determined that it won’t stop in 2015. We’re getting closer to that £60–70,000 initial target, but we aren’t there yet. But hopefully all the events that are happening, and perhaps more that we don’t know about yet, will take us there before Christmas.’

A reminder

Even a small donation does make a difference. It adds up, and it shows that the community cares. Ongoing support by direct debit (easy to set up at www.justgiving.com/southlakelandmind) helps us plan:

Text Give by texting: MIND05£your amount to 70070 (e.g. MIND05£10)

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

And keep passing the word on, to family, friends, people you know, people you think should know. Talk, Tweet, Facebook, letter, email... whatever works for you.

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.