Sisters Leah, Charlotte and Lydia took on some incredible fundraising yet again! The girls attended the Spring Fair at Mossley Town Team last weekend (24th March) and held a special spring tombola!
The sisters have been doing an incredible job of not only raising funds to support the work of the dedicated staff and volunteers at TOG Mind but raising awareness for TOG Mind’s services across the local community by handing out leaflets and information!
The girls, who all attend the Blue Coat School in Oldham, are still adding to their fundraising total, which is now just under £300, and will be attending the Mossley Town Team Summer Party in the Park on Sunday 24th June. We can’t wait to have a go on the chocolate tombola they have planned!
The money raised will go directly into funding the mental health support offered at TOG Mind, who work across the Tameside, Oldham and Glossop areas.
Every year, more people are facing problems with their mental health. TOG Mind work to ensure that they can offer help to anyone that needs it, through guided self-help, mental health advocacy, drop-ins and more. Their other work involves teaching the community about mental health problems, how to recognise mental health symptoms and ways to reduce the negative stigma which, sadly, is still a barrier to people asking for help.
Leah, 17, who is studying for her A Levels at the Blue Coat Sixth Form, said she decided to raise money for mental health charity Mind as part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
She added: “In the Duke of Edinburgh scheme you have to undertake voluntary work so we thought we would help a local charity.
“With so many young people these days suffering with stress through the pressures of exams and outside influences, we wanted to improve teenage mental health and well-being, so we decided to approach Mind.”
Charlotte, 14, also worked with Mind as part of her Silver DoE, while her younger sister Lydia, 11, is taking part in the Blue Coat School’s Leadership Award which also encourages youngsters to go out and help in the community.
Lydia added: “I chose Mind because lots of young people are dealing with mental health issues every day.”