PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY DORSET MIND – 17th August 2017
Dorset Mind, the mental health charity, is the new Charity of the Year for not one, but TWO fine pillars of Verwood Town.
Dorset Mind’s Patron Dr Andy Mayers and Fundraising and Marketing Manager Dee Swinton, were guests of Verwood Rotary at Crane Valley Golf Club earlier this week. President Ken Armstrong was keen to find out more about the charity as the Club had chosen them as Charity of the Year.
The Rotary Club of Verwood
Club had also invited Verwood’s new Mayor, Lindsey Dedden, to attend the event. They knew she would want to see the presentation that touched upon mental health awareness
and the need for local support services
The new Mayor of Verwood
Councillor Lindsey Dedden announced Dorset Mind as her Mayor’s Charity for 2017-2018
at the start of June. Lindsey knew that Verwood Town Council part-funds Dorset Mind’s monthly mental health support group ‘Wellbeing in Mind.’
Not only that, Lindsay has personal reasons for choosing the charity
as her son has Asperger’s, a form of autism spectrum disorder.
To complete the evening and start the fundraising, Ken presented Dorset Mind with a donation of £324
Patron Dr Andy Mayers comments…
Commenting on these new partnerships, Dr. Andrew Mayers, Patron for Dorset Mind said, “Dorset Mind is an affiliate of national Mind, but we apply for funds locally. So we gratefully receive offers of help like these two from Verwood. Not only that, it allows us to raise mental health awareness and promote our local support services amongst local people. It’s essential that local people are aware of the mental health support in their area, that’s within easy access.”
“I’d like to thank Verwood Rotary for inviting us over to talk about the work we carry out in Dorset. I’d also like to thank him for introducing me to Mayor Lindsey Dedden. Rotary groups have been key supporters of Dorset Mind, and we’re grateful for theirs and Mayor Dedden’s upcoming help .”
Marianne Storey, Dorset Mind’s new Chief Executive added, “I’m remarkably impressed with the extent of support for Dorset Mind. It is so encouraging that Verwood Rotary and Mayor Dedden recognise the increasing need for support options for people experiencing difficulty with their mental health. There is more and more need for charities like us to provide help to people. We simply can’t do it without help from this type of generosity. I would like to thank both for their support – we look forward to working with them over the coming year.”
Lindsey’s first fundraising event in aid of Dorset Mind is an evening with archaeologist Julian Richards on Friday 22nd September at Verwood Memorial Hall. Tickets are just £12 and include a ploughman’s supper.
Wellbeing in Mind Support Group details
Wellbeing in Mind
is held on the First Tuesday of every month (7 – 9pm) at the Verwood Community Resource Centre. The mental health support group focuses on managing anxiety and depression.
Importantly, there is NO waiting list
– medical referrals aren’t required, you can simply turn up.