24th November 2022
Walker Morris’ Charity Committee met with Sophie Westmoreland of Leeds Mind to celebrate a successful year of fundraising and to present the charity with a cheque for £10,219
The funds have been raised by Walker Morris employees over the last 12 months after Leeds Mind was nominated as the Firm’s ‘Charity of the Year’. The Walker Morris charity committee organised a range of fundraising activities that encouraged involvement from employees across the firm, including: Carry the Burden Day, bake sales, Movember, quiz nights, Steptember, Leeds 10k, Total Warrior, Great North Swim, Leeds Marathon, Great North Run, raffles and multi-coloured Monday.
The money that was raised will go towards offering mental health and wellbeing services including counselling, group therapy and mental health training. Before the pandemic, it was estimated that one in four people would experience a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives. In Yorkshire and the Humber, two thirds of people revealed that their mental health had gotten worse throughout the pandemic – making the work of Leeds Mind more important than ever.
Sophie Westmoreland at Leeds Mind commented:
“Leeds Mind has been so lucky to receive the support of Walker Morris and its amazing staff. Not only has the team supported our 2022 event calendar wholeheartedly, but team members have also come up with their own creative ways of getting together to have fun, all whilst raising money for a brilliant cause! The money that Walker Morris has raised will help us to sustain and grow our much-needed mental health services across Leeds and West Yorkshire. We can’t say how grateful we are for Walker Morris’s support and warmth!”
Rob Payne from the Walker Morris Charity Committee said:
“We have been delighted to support Leeds Mind over the last 12 months. As our Charity of the Year, we have worked closely with the team at Leeds Mind and learned about the fantastic work it does to promote positive mental health and wellbeing together with the help and support they provide to our local community.”
Charlotte Bontoft, Chair of the Walker Morris Charity Committee added:
“It has been fantastic to support Leeds Mind over the past year, particularly during the pandemic when mental health has had an impact on so many. Throughout the year we have focused on helping staff to discuss their mental health openly, and share stories about how it has affected them. The Carry the Burden day was a great opportunity for us to put this into action.”