A St Annes jewellers has donated money to a local hospital charity to support a mental health team.
Staff from Beaverbrooks’ Replenishment Department have donated their annual allocated charity money to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The 14-strong team have each pledged their £100, given to each employee by the directors to help good causes, especially to help the Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) who support children up to the age of 16.
Replenishment Manager, Gill Greenhalgh, said: “Most people in the team are parents and we all know someone who has been affected by mental health issues so we all agreed to donate to the CAHMS service through Blue Skies.
“This is our way of helping a much needed service.”
The cheque for £1,400 was handed over to CAHMS Service Manager David Eaton and 16 year-old Rhowan Nightingale, who is the Lead Ambassador for Entwined Minds, a group of children and young people who use, or have used, the CAHMS service.
David said: “This donation is fantastic. We would like to start to promote Entwined Minds with this money so that we can reach out and help more children and young people. Thanks to everyone in the Beaverbrooks team who chose to donate to us.’’
Rhowan said: “The group is currently based at Whitegate Drive although we do meet elsewhere like at Stanley Park, cafes etcetera.
“We are currently meeting once a fortnight, but would like to make the meetings weekly.
“We aim to get more children and young people on board so we can mould the service around the members and offer support to as many people as possible.
“This kind donation will go towards raising awareness of our group.”
Interim Head of Fundraising, Ann Hedley, said: “‘Beaverbrooks are one of the most generous organisations that I’ve met.
“People make an organisation and the staff are true examples of this.
“How generous of spirit to think about these young people and this amazing service.
“We can’t thank them enough for their support.”