Squire Patton Boggs’ Manchester Office raised a total of £28,064.17 in 2018 for the UK charity Mental Health Foundation. Over the course of the year, staff throughout the office engaged in a wide variety of fundraising activities, including participation in the Manchester Half Marathon, the Salford 10K and a Sky Dive. The office also held its first charity ball at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in September 2018.
Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation works across the UK to enable people to lead mentally healthier lives. The charity has a simple, but vital focus – the prevention of mental health problems, whether for everyone, for those at particular risk, or those with existing challenges.
The Mental Health Foundation works with some of the most excluded populations in the UK, using research evidence and community development to develop programmes that change lives. It hosts Mental Health Awareness week each May, and creates accessible resources to help us all better understand and address mental health. The charity relies on public donations and grant funding to deliver and campaign for good mental health for all.
Manchester office managing partner, Rob Elvin, commented: “I am delighted with the Manchester office’s fundraising efforts throughout the course of 2018. £28,064.07 is the highest figure we have ever raised and it reflects a fantastic team effort across the office. We place a huge value on the health and wellbeing of our employees, and we appreciate how the Mental Health Foundation strives to address such an important issue. To raise money for this charity was especially pertinent to us. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the charity initiatives that we ran last year and to those who contributed so generously to our grand total.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with Squire Patton Boggs’ Manchester team over the last year,” said Chris O’Sullivan, Head of Business Development and Engagement at Mental Health Foundation. “The charity committee has come together to smash its fundraising target by organising a black tie gala dinner which raised almost £20,000, persuading partners to skydive, and supporting colleagues to take up a whole range of challenges. Alongside this, it has been great to be able to raise the profile of mental health in the wider UK business with partner seminars and a global webinar on mental health at work. Support like this helps us prevent mental health problems – and support people to lead mentally healthier lives” For more information on mental health issues, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.