Women wage war on misconceptions

THREE women have raised £3,005 by organising a vintage tea party for Woking Mind, with donations still coming in.

Gill Laing, Karen Wright and Hilary Bush teamed up with a local Cub and Scout group, headed by Jan Parker, to host the tea party which was attended by 105 people, ranging from ages three to 94.

RAISE A GLASS – guests give a salute to the cause, with more than £3,000 eventually being collected

RAISE A GLASS – guests give a salute to the cause, with more than £3,000 eventually being collected

The tea party, which was held on Saturday at 7th Woking Scouts’ HQ in Woking Park, was in memory of a very close friend, Julia Hayward, who tragically took her life in May after suffering from depression.

Karen, 55, of St Johns, said: “I thought it was fantastic. The Cubs and Scouts were fab, and together with their parents all helping and giving up their time made it a truly great occasion.

“I have to say I was amazed at how much money was raised and feel that it was a testament to Julia’s memory.”

The fundraiser featured a large array of sandwiches, scones and cakes all hand-made by organisers and attendees. Cubs and Scouts helped serve the tables and also provided the afternoon’s entertainment through a recital of various instruments such as the recorder, piano and violin.

Money was raised through ticket sales, which were priced at £10 each, a raffle and the use of a Virgin Money Giving website.

Carlton Spears, General Manager of Woking Mind, said: “The tea party was an amazing event organised by amazing people. We are so grateful for the money raised; it will be put to good use and it will have a profound effect on the lives of people in the Woking area who are suffering mental ill health.”

About a quarter of the population in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with depression and mixed anxiety being the most common mental disorders in Britain.

Woking Mind was formed in 1979 and provides social support and assistance to adults who have difficulties with their mental health. Mr Spears said that the money would be mainly split between Mental Health Awareness training for 10 schools in the area, and an art and photography therapy project that has previously proved highly successful.

Mental Health Awareness training in schools would include how to spot early signs, what it is like to live with mental illness, and the common misconceptions and stigmas that surround it.

IF you would still like to donate, please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/AnteNatalFriends.


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