Charity receives welcome boost

A TAMESIDE charity has received a welcome boost in the form of a £2,500 donation.

The Anthony Seddon Fund was handed the grant by Maximus Foundation UK to continue to provide mental health and wellbeing support.

The charity, based in Ashton, offers peer support to people in crisis and aims to raise awareness of the issues locally.Maximus Foundation UK made the donation as part of a fundraising drive to help local charities nationwide affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

The group is a not-for-profit enterprise committed to supporting charities that help disadvantaged people and make a real difference to people’s lives through health, employment or community development which are nominated by Maximus UK employees.

And the funding boost has been well received by The Anthony Seddon Fund’s head pf fundraising Angie Wild.

She said: “The Anthony Seddon Fund is absolutely delighted to have received this award from Maximus Foundation UK.

“The donation will be used to reward the charity’s Friends and Family Carers Group with vouchers, in recognition of their work supporting loved ones who are living with mental illnesses during a difficult period.”

Di Briggs, chair of Maximus Foundation UK, added: “Many small charities across the UK face the challenge of resuming their normal activities after a very difficult period.

“So we’re delighted to help The Anthony Seddon Fund to continue their amazing work providing mental health support in their community.”

Meanwhile, the fund premiered a play from its drama group, ‘Passionate, Chaotic and Free. That’s Definitely Me!’ to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

They were joined by Angela Rayner MP and the Civic Mayor of Tameside and her Consort as well as staff members from local organisations that provide mental health support.

Members of the public then joined The Anthony Seddon Fund staff and volunteers at the Locks of Love in Ashton-Under-Lyne for a candlelit vigil.

Ben James, general manager of The Anthony Seddon Fund, said: “Each year we host this event so that members of the public can see there are organisations in Tameside you can turn to if you are experiencing poor mental health or living with a long-term mental health condition.

“It is so important people can talk openly about suicide without fear of judgement or fear of being ignored. The more we talk about suicide, the more we can help to prevent further deaths.”

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