Letter: Local charity’s festive appeal

Christmas can be a very stressful time, particularly for anyone with a mental health problem, and if you are on your own it can be very lonely.

Every year our charity supports 1,000 people living in the local area experiencing mental health problems, and at Christmas we like to send a Christmas card and small gift to the most isolated and vulnerable people we help.

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind was recently saved from closure and although we remain open, we rely on public support as we are not funded by charity shops or the national Mind charity.

Would any local businesses or individuals be able to help us by providing buffet food for our Scarborough Support Group’s Christmas party at the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough Town Centre in December? The party is usually attended by around 40 people.

We also give each person at the party in Scarborough and the 40 members of our Whitby support group a small gift equating to £5 for those who attend and we would be so grateful to anyone wanting to provide either a donation or a gift towards these. We also send out Christmas cards to our service users in greatest need.

We’re also at the end of the telephone for anyone who wants to talk who needs support. Our side by side support workers and volunteers will also be giving their own help and advice to people on getting through the Christmas period.

If people are unable to help with a donation, perhaps some of your readers might be interested in volunteering as a member of our side by side support project or as a member of our fundraising team.

For further information please contact info@swrmind.org.uk or visit www.swrmind.org.uk. Thank you.

Sophie Hall,

head of services,

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind