Employees at Edgbaston-based HealthTrust Europe have raised an impressive £10,170 for Birmingham Mind, their chosen charity for 2019.
HealthTrust Europe supported the mental health charity as part of the company’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life. Each year, the company selects a new charity to support, with Duchenne UK being selected in 2018.
During 2019, HealthTrust Europe employees put on their best sportswear to participate in the Wolf Run (which includes mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs), the Birmingham Half Marathon and the Snowdon Trek, which saw employees spend 5 hours climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon.
Furthermore, colleagues also took part in monthly dress down days, a Christmas Party raffle and not one, but two football matches with office technology supplier AltoDigital.
The efforts of all those involved will have a real life impact as HealthTrust Europe’s donation will assist the charity in establishing a new Helpline for those in the Greater Birmingham area.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. Charities like Birmingham Mind exist to ensure that everyone is enabled to reach their full potential as individuals through services and education which support emotional well-being.
Throughout 2019 18% of the workforce at HealthTrust Europe have also been trained as Mental Health First Aiders, which will enable all colleagues to be in reach of support and help whilst at work.
Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s Chief Operating Officer, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement. I’m so proud of all the colleagues who played their part in raising money for such an important cause.
“This wonderful result exemplifies our staff’s generosity which chimes with our mission ‘Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life’ – this includes mental health.”
Birmingham Mind’s Rachel McNair said:
“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone at HealthTrust Europe. This significant donation will assist us in establishing our new Helpline for those in the Greater Birmingham area who seek assistance on a whole range of mental health issues.
“Set to be formally launched later this year, the new Helpline will be run by a dedicated team of people from the Beechcroft Centre, Birmingham Mind’s main Hub in Erdington. Trained staff and volunteers will have access to all the latest information and all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence. It will initially be open for calls Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
“This is a much needed service and for the first time Birmingham Mind will be able to offer the people of Birmingham a dedicated advice and help line just for them. We can’t thank the team at HealthTrust Europe enough for this donation, this will make such a difference to the hundreds of individuals who need to access our services.
Birmingham Mind is the largest independent mental health charity providing services in and beyond the City of Birmingham’s boundaries.