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HELP crisis fundraising campaign – stuff going on
Many members of the public have responded to our campaign with donations, and others have organised events. Other people have come forward with support ‘in kind’, such as offering to volunteer or providing advice. There are lots of things planned for the coming weeks to help keep up the momentum, and it would be great if as many people as possible could get involved.
Shopping with an MP

We will be taking the HELP campaign to Morrisons supermarket in Kendal on Monday 8 December from 10am, helping everyone who’d like a hand with packing all that shopping, raising awareness of what we do as a charity, and hopefully raising some money as well. We need volunteers able to give up an hour or so to help us out... please!

Tim Farron will be joining us late morning, which is fantastic: he has been supporting our campaign from the start. We’ve also had a generous offer of flashing reindeer antlers for the star bag-packer... Please get in touch if you can help, and join what will be a merry group on the day. Just call us on 01539 740591 or email info@slmind.org

Like Live Aid, but better

Doors open at 8pm on Saturday 6 December at Ruskins Bar in Kendal, and all the bands booked will be performing for free for the HELP campaign. For us, this is Live Aid... Confirmed acts include Room Full of Mirrors, Bit on the Side, and Scrogans, Run!

A beast of a Christmas tree

We’ll be decorating a giant Christmas tree on Wednesday 3 December, 11am–3pm, and Thursday 4 December, 11.30am–1pm and 3.30–5pm. This is at Kendal Parish Church for the Christmas Tree Festival, and as we’ve been honoured with the biggest tree, it’ll need some serious festive festooning. Please join us and, if you can, bring decorations... South Lakeland Mind colours (blue, white and yellow, preferably with a LOT of sparkle). Eggnog and mince pies are promised... If you can help, just call us on 01539 740591 or email info@slmind.org

We’ve had a few people doing HELP fundraisers, and coffee mornings have proved popular, together raising more than £500 for our total.

Barbara Lovelady, one of the organisers, said: ‘The coffee morning was a great success, and I will continue to raise funds for this wonderful service you and your team provide. I believe that mental health can affect any one of us in various degrees, I have had first-hand experience with my brother becoming unwell and I know the devastating effects it can have on loved ones.’

We know other people are getting their plans together. Do let us know... Just call us on 01539 740591 or email info@slmind.org

A reminder

Even a small donation does make a difference and our total shows that’s true. 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 Giving - MIND05£your amount to 70070

Or 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.

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)

We have pulled back from the brink, and now we are doing all we can to bring in additional funding and take the charity forward on a sustainable basis. We are talking to the local authority, talking to health services, and talking to grant funders. And we are continuing to call on the public to come forward and help us raise money.

South Lakeland Mind is a positive force for change and innovation in our local mental health services. Its loss would be deeply felt in our community.