This year we have been proud to support two organisations:
The mental health charity The Mix UK and local charity Caring for Communities and People.
The Mix UK
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They help young people take on any challenge they’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. They offer support via their online community, on social, through a free, confidential helpline and a counselling service.
We learned about this charity through Lyle Weir of Weir Airborne, who raised awareness and money for them during a charity flight around the UK and Channel Islands in a single engine aircraft.
Lyle commented “One in every six children will suffer from a mental health disorder by the age of 12, one in twenty people diagnosed with a mental health disorder will attempt suicide every year. 210 billion pounds is spent on depression alone annually. My charity flight may not put a stop to this…but it’s about time we came together and started to fight back”.
The flight took six days, 40 hours, included 20 landings and 4000nm, with Lyle leaving from Gloucestershire Airport and visiting Lands End, the Isles of Scilly, Guernsey, Jersey, Rochester, Humberside, Perth, John O’Groats, the Shetland Islands, the Isle of Lewis, Benbecula, Oban and the Isle of Man.
Check out his Instagram page to see videos and photos of the trip here. Make a donation to The Mix UK here: themix.org.uk
(image of him with the cheque from us)
Caring for Communities and People (CCP)
CCP exists to prevent the causes and reduce the effects of homelessness, family breakdown and exclusion.
They provide a wealth of services including temporary accommodation support, early help family support, the Pantry Project, family advocacy, community wellbeing, appropriate adult support, supported accommodation for homeless young people, homelessness prevention, family and parenting support, and an employability and social inclusion programme called the GEM Project.
This year we supported CCP’s annual Christmas Hamper Scamper campaign, which seeks to relieve some of the financial and emotional burdens of the festive season on families and individuals who are already struggling.
Many of those who receive a hamper are families and individuals living on the brink of homelessness and struggling to afford food and heating alongside the expectations of the festive season. Others may be isolated adults and young people, with no friends or family to celebrate this special time of year with.
Check out their website here for more information and to make a donation here: ccp.org.uk