Fundraising for Invictus
Employees at a housing charity in Redruth have raised £12,977 for the Invictus Trust.
Coastline Housing staff selected the Invictus Trust to fundraise for last year, after a number of colleagues had received help and support for their families from the local organisation.
The aim of the Invictus Trust is to raise awareness of adolescent mental health in Cornwall, to provide signposting to help for those struggling, and to lobby for better mental health services and facilities for young people in Cornwall.
The Invictus Trust was set up in January 2011 and is dedicated to the memory of Ben Cowburn, a wonderfully vibrant young man whose struggle with mental health issues had tragic consequences.
Coastline colleagues undertook a number of fundraising events across the year including company BBQs, big breakfasts, bake sales and even a tug of war and swing ball tournament.
Some 24 staff and Board Members also took part in a marathon challenge that raised £5,902 alone.
Allister Young, Chief Executive of Coastline, said: “Coastline colleagues vote for a different local charity each year to fundraise for, and our efforts for the Invictus Trust have broken all previous records. We raised more than double the amount we have ever raised before which says a lot for the passion and commitment felt by everybody for the vital work the Invictus Trust is doing in our county. Looking after mental health is so important. That’s why at Coastline we have put lots of things in place to help create a culture where people feel they can talk openly about mental health and get help when they need it.”
Laura Lowther-Harris from the Invictus Trust, adds: “We have been astonished by the efforts of the Coastline colleagues – this is one of our largest donations to date and we are enormously thankful for both the funds and the number of people who have been focusing on adolescent mental health. Both of these things are essential to the work that we do.”
Some of the money raised by Coastline will be used to help fund an innovative Virtual Reality project at the new Sowenna Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Bodmin. The Invictus Trust is working with the NHS and Falmouth University to develop the ground-breaking use of technology to reduce anxiety and stress.