Lloyds Banking Group has raised over £3,000 for Action Mental Health (AMH), to help educate school children about the importance of positive well-being and looking after their mental health.
The year-long partnership concluded with a grand total of £3,716.65 being donated towards AMH. The funds were raised through various charitable events and initiatives including a country western dance evening, a 55 mile ‘Granite Challenge’ cycle, a number of dress-down Fridays, and prize raffles.
Oonagh Cochrane, Monitoring and Verification Assessor of Lloyds Banking Group, said:
“Lloyds Banking Group strives to promote the mental well-being of its employees by encouraging an inclusive and communicative working environment, where everyone feels supported, valued and appreciated.
“We therefore selected AMH as our charity of the year as they embody our passion for opening up the lines of communication about mental ill-health and fight against the stigmatisation of those who are going through it.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with AMH over the last year and are thrilled to be donating towards such a worthy and important cause.”
Research has shown that one in four adults in Northern Ireland will show signs of mental ill-health, with the prevalence of it being 25% higher here than in England.
The funds raised by Lloyds Banking Group, including a match funding donation of £1,385 will go towards Action Mental Health’s Healthy Me project which promotes social and emotional well-being in children through prevention and self-help.
Fundraising and Events Officer, Callum Clark said:
“We are hugely grateful to Lloyds Banking Group for helping us equip the youngest members of society with the knowledge needed to nurture their mental well-being and invest in their emotional and cognitive development through our Healthy Me programme.
“We cannot thank the members of Lloyds Banking Group enough for donating their time and money to Action Mental Health over the course of the last year and to Oonagh for choosing us as their charity.”