BRIT Awards donates £250,000 to mental health charities
The BRIT Awards with Mastercard has donated £250,000 to two mental health charities and the BRIT School to help raise awareness of mental health in the music industry and schools.
On Tuesday pop star George Ezra and BRITs chairman Jason Iley presented mental health charity Mind with a cheque for £200,000 at The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon, London.
The donation will go to support the pilot of Mind’s Whole School Approach to mental health scheme. Launching in a range of secondary schools across England and Wales, including The BRIT School, in September the scheme will see mental health support for everyone involved in school life.
‘I am delighted that we can use the BRIT Awards platform to publicly support and fundraise for mental wellbeing. The difference that these charities make towards people lives is immeasurable and addressing this subject within schools is vital to a progressive and optimistic future,’ Brits Chairman, Iley, said.
Mind said it’s Whole School Approach scheme will include a self-assessment tool for schools, tailored assemblies and workshops, one-to-one sessions for young people in need of more intensive support, as well as information and training for teachers, the wider school workforce and parents.
The BRIT School has also been awarded £25,000 to support dedicated mental wellbeing and special needs work.
While a further £25,000 will go to Music Support a music industry addictions and mental health charity, of which Robbie Williams is patron.
A group of colleagues who work for Lloyds Banking Group in Chester are competing in 100 challenges to help raise much needed funds and awareness for Mental Health UK.
‘Challenge 100’ will see teams across the country compete against each other in challenges over a 6 month period that will test their entrepreneurial skills, Deeside.com reports.
Each team has been given £100 in Amazon vouchers which they hope to turn into a minimum of £5000 cash for Mental Health UK.
‘The event will run for six months and there are also 100 challenges for us to complete along the way. We have many exciting things planned! We have to raise a minimum of £5,000 but we’re aiming for £20,000!,’ Team Leader of Chester Challenge 100, Luisa Pouchie, said.
‘There are many ways you can support us – if you have a talent, own a business, can bake a cake or even if you just want to get rid of any unwanted gifts – please consider us.’
‘Mental health has had a significant effect on our team. Dealing with death, suicide, stress, depression, Bi-polar and anxiety, we have first-hand experience in dealing with mental health issues and the affects they have. It puts Mental Health UK close to our hearts,’ she added.
The Chester based team will raise funds by organising and running a range of events including their End of Summer Charity Ball which will take place on September.
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