Christmas can be a hard time for our mental wellbeing – that’s why Leeds Mind’s 2022 festive fundraiser is asking supporters to ‘Add Colour to Someone’s Christmas’.
In a bespoke illustration by artist Jenni Sparks, supporters can donate to ‘colour in’ some of Leeds’ most famous icons and landmarks, including Elland Road Football Stadium, The Corn Exchange, Headingley Stadium and even Nicola Adams’ boxing gloves!
We hope that by working together, we can add a little colour to Christmases across Leeds and West Yorkshire, with proceeds going towards our vital mental health support work.
Everyone is welcome to get involved, whether you are a local business, community group or just an individual who wants to make a small donation.
Donors will also have the option to add a message, along with a photo or logo. This could be a nice idea as a memorial to remember a loved one at Christmas, a lovely gift for that special person who’s impossible to buy for, or a chance for local businesses to showcase their brand.
Donations to add colour to the illustration start from just £5 – or you can donate via JustGiving, which starts from £2.
The fundraiser has been made possible by our partnership with Mednet Group, a group of award-winning healthcare communications agencies. The team there very kindly volunteered their time, skills, resources and creativity to create the campaign. Audacia, a Leeds-based software development company, also supported as a technology partner in building the campaign website.
Sophie Westmoreland, Corporate Fundraising Officer for Leeds Mind, said: “Christmas can be a really hard time of year, whether that’s down to financial strain, the pressure to live up to expectations, loneliness, family stress, remembering those no longer around…the list goes on.
“That’s why we love the sentiment behind this fundraising campaign – it’s about making sure that everyone knows it’s OK not to be OK, even at Christmas. And if they’re not OK, they know that Leeds Mind is here to offer support.
“We can’t thank our corporate partners, Mednet Group and Audacia enough for bringing this idea to life with their generosity and expertise.”
Miranda Stead, Founder & Director of Mednet Group, added: “As a social enterprise and socially conscious marketing business, we encourage colleagues to be a catalyst for change in the communities in which they work. By partnering with charities like Leeds Mind, we strive to make a positive social impact.
“The campaign, ‘Add Colour to Someone’s Christmas’, should help to provide much-needed support to people who might be struggling with their mental health. We can’t wait to see the illustration come to life!”
If you’d like to Add Colour to Someone’s Christmas please visit https://leedsmind-christmas.co.uk/ where you can select what you’d like to colour, donate and leave your message.
We appreciate that not everyone is in a position to be able to give this Christmas. You can also help by spreading the word about our campaign – to do so, just visit the link above and use the share buttons.