We held a 'Midsummer Evening of Opera' last night… a huge thank you to Mark Nathan (Baritone), Sinead O/Kelly (Soprano) and Paul McKenzie (Piano) for a wonderful evening, which raised over £5,000 for the Trust. A big thank you also to Pam and Rupert Andrews for hosting the evening and to our 140 family and friends who so generously supported the event and bought raffle tickets!
We recently saw this article in the Huffington Post, which is very moving and reflects so much of the truth about anxiety and depression and the impact of people taking their own lives. It highlights the importance of talking about these subjects and making it easier for people to reach out when times are so dark.
Please read the article here in the Huffington Post.
On Saturday April 18th we attended the Nightline 2015 Awards Dinner, as part fo their Spring Conference, at Durham University.
Nightlines offer a through-the-night confidential and anonymous support and information service run by students for students.
Nightlines are available in over 100 universities, are run by over 2,000 student volunteers and provide support to over 1,500,000 students.
As one student caller said: "It's just helpful being able to put the problem into words and just being able to tell someone about it without any judgement".
This is why we support Nightline and have provided a grant for over 500 volunteers to receive evidence based training in emotional resilience and suicide awareness.
Last week the Trust was interviewed by Robert Lea, Industrial Journalist at the Times, as part of their Time to Mind campaign. The artcile was published today and highlights the importance of mental health and emotional wellbeing being at the centre of the ethos and culture of Britain's education system. We emphasise the need to create a society where children are given the opportunity, the knowledge and the skills to keep mentally well.
Please read more at Times Online
The Matthew Elvidge Trust scooped the top three charity prizes for 2015, as well most of the top 20! And Peter Le Grice, our winner in the photo came fourth overall. Many congratulations Peter!
We had another wonderful, sunny day and perfect conditions, with many of our 100 runners achieving personal bests.
Student Minds, one the main charities we support also joined us and they shared more about their work with 200 people after lunch.
We raised well over £15,000 for our work.
A huge thank you to our headline shirt sponsors Bates Solicitors and Carters of Basingstoke for providing our marquee.
Thank you everyone for your generous support.
Linda, Hamish and the Trustees