Together, we've raised an incredible £153,153 through our Community Champions scheme during our local causes quarter, where we supported causes providing mental health services aiming to prevent suicide.
Members, customers, and colleagues of Lincolnshire Co-op all contributed to this fundraising total by shopping with their dividend cards which amounted to an incredible £47,500, dropping change in collection boxes donating over £10,000. Also participating in or supporting fundraising activities, ranging from quizzes and bake sales, to events such as a bingo night and a sponsored walk.
As well as raising money, the campaign raised awareness of the important services available to those feeling suicidal or with mental ill health. Any one of us can find ourselves in hard times and struggling with our mental health, so we knew we needed to support those groups who provide first response people in need. From wellbeing hubs to helplines and suicide prevention patrols, the tremendous total will hopefully make a huge difference to charities across the county and beyond.
Amy Thomas, Head of Charity at Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, said: “The whole team are overwhelmed to receive such a fantastic amount from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme.
“In farming and agriculture, it’s so important to talk about mental and emotional health. We work hard to share this message, and let people know that we are here to listen.
“Unfortunately, there is a greater need for our services than ever before, and we are seeing a significant increase in the number of people reaching out to us for support.
“So, on behalf of everyone at Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, thank you. Every penny will be put to good use, helping us to deliver emotional and mental health support as well as physical health screening for the farming and agricultural community across Lincolnshire.”
Danielle Budworth, Senior Community Co-ordinator at Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “We are thrilled to be able to donate such a large sum of money to causes providing suicide prevention and mental health services.
“We know that mental health can sometimes be a difficult to talk about, so as well as raising money for these important services, we hope that we have opened the door for conversations within our communities too.”
If you, or someone you know, needs support with their mental health, please see this dedicated space providing suicide prevention and mental health support contacts for those who need it.