Once again, our very good friends at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) have exceeded our expectations with their kindness and generosity. Today they visited the Hub with Christmas Hampers for the members and a massive pile of Christmas gifts for the children of members. Thank you so much to everyone at the PPF for their kindness, thoughtfulness and for making Christmas go with a swing.
On 31st October there was an official unveiling of the new computer room at Fairfield House. The room will give members access to first rate IT which will help them in so many ways from improving their skills and confidence on-line to being able to deal with on-line benefit claims. The room has been made possible by the donation of 30 computers from the Pension Protection Fund as part of their on-going support for Mind in Croydon. As well as the computer room at Fairfield House, staff at Mind in Croydon received upgrades to their office machines. Chair of Mind in Croydon, John Pestell, said, “It was a great pleasure to see PPF at Fairfield House once again helping Mind in Croydon. Their generosity know no bounds and we are so pleased with the gift of computers which allows us to offer our clients the very latest in technology. That said PPF do so much for us above and beyond this gift and that it is greatly appreciated by all at Mind in Croydon. Thank you.”
Simon Liste, Chief Technology Officer at the PPF said: “It was truly amazing and so rewarding to see the happiness and excitement of those that use the Mind Hub, when the computer room was unveiled. It makes us proud and honoured, as an organisation to be able to help Mind in Croydon in their journey and purpose”
We are delighted that Mind in Croydon are now in our second year of being supported by our good friends from the Pension protection Fund. Fund raising activities continue in abundance! On the evening of the 27th June , the PPF ran a summer quiz at their offices in Croydon. Participants paid £30 per table of 6 and consisted mainly of PPF employees plus a MiC team too! Teams brought their own food and drink and all monies contributed to the PPF annual fund raising target for MiC. The atmosphere was competitive but jovial and great fun was had by all. Interesting that the Executives team (including our own Richard Pacitti) came top of the league board! A great evening of fund raising and fun, thanks to PPF.
Matt works for the Pension Protection Fund who have chosen us as their charity for another year.
Having trained for the Brighton Half Marathon in February supporting a friend who lost his father to cancer, Matt Wilding-Ayre is taking on another two mammoth challenges to raise money for Mind in Croydon.
“I wasn’t planning on running for charity but since the mental health training, I’ve connected with friends who are having personal issues and gained a greater understanding of some of… my own struggles. Being able to understand and offer help and support, or seek it as well, has led to positive changes and a deeper appreciation as to how important the subject really is. Mental health problems can be a difficult and complicated subject to discuss, especially for men. Raising awareness and vital funding for the services that Mind in Croydon provides suddenly became a really good idea.”
Matt will be running the Gatwick Half Marathon on Sunday 12th May and the Herne Bay Half Marathon on Sunday 16th June.
If you would like to support Matt you can sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/MattWildAyre
On Thursday 21st March the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) held an event to celebrate their year of supporting Mind in Croydon. Partnering with a local mental health charity, situated close to their head office in East Croydon has given PPF the chance to get hands on with a number of local volunteering opportunities. Mind in Croydon was chosen by PPF employees for a number of reasons, some of them personal.
At the event, PPF employees revealed the fundraising total of £10,000 to John Pestell, Chair of Mind in Croydon, Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon and some of the charity’s service users. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Croydon Cllr Bernadette Khan, and Cllr Janet Campbell, Croydon Council’s Mental Health champion.
Oliver Morley, Chief Executive Officer at the PPF said:
“We’re very proud to have achieved so much for Mind in Croydon. To say that it’s been a busy year of charitable activity for the PPF would be an understatement. Our people have thrown themselves into the challenge and have developed so much passion for the charity that they’ve voted to partner with Mind in Croydon for a second year; a third with a mental health charity. It gives me great pleasure to lead an organisation of people who care about making a difference in the community.”
Money was raised through a variety of fundraising events over the year, including bake sales, football tournaments, a 5k run and quiz nights, and other volunteering projects.
PPF volunteers also gave their time at the Mind in Croydon Hub, a drop-in centre where service users are able to take part in groups and activities to help boost their confidence, discuss their mental health needs, and meet with other people.
In October 2018, we organised our most ambitious fundraising event yet – Never Mind the Catwalk, at Boxpark Croydon. Volunteers put on a fashion show using clothes donated to Mind in Croydon’s charity shop, which were also made available to purchase. The event also featured live music, mental health information and special appearances from the Mayor of Croydon and Councillor Janet Campbell.
Lauren Furey, CSR Charity Champion said:
“Never Mind the Catwalk was such a massive collaborative effort and to see it bring the community together to raise money and open minds was incredibly moving. Every single person involved in that event from the volunteers to the performers and even the Mayor of Croydon understood the importance of what we were trying to achieve for Mind in Croydon.”
At Christmas, PPF volunteers donated goods for festive hampers, which were decorated and delivered to service users via the Mind in Croydon hub.
Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon said
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with our friends at PPF over the last year. Staff there have taken a real interest in the work that we do and have become involved in directly helping a number of the people that we support. This interaction has created enormous benefits for the charity, the people we support and, I hope, has made the whole process much more rewarding for the staff at PPF. The celebration event today was a very special event. Staff from our charity and a number of the people who we support were able to attend, along with our friends from the PPF, the Mayor of Croydon and Cllr Campbell, Croydon’s mental health champion. We were delighted with the money that PPF were able to donate to us and all of this will go directly to the front line, helping people in the everyday lives. Things got even better when PPF announced that they had chosen us as their charity for next year! We look forward to continuing our working relationship with our friends at PPF, which we know will be as beneficial and as much fun as our work to date. Huge thanks to all at PPF.”
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our good friends from the Pension Protection Fund who delivered Christmas hampers and children’s gifts to the Fairfield Club on Thursday 20th December.
We would like to thank them very much and wish them a very happy festive season.