I’ll start by introducing myself, my name is Gemma (Green) and I am the Community Fundraiser for Leeds Mind. As we enter week 8 of lock down, I must admit I’m still finding this all a little surreal, working from home was something I did from time to time to catch up on my admin, but this has quickly become the norm. Now everything is done via a range of meeting platforms, Ring Central, Zoom? I’m not sure I’d even heard of these before lockdown, but they are actually a great way to see people and put a face to the voice you would hear on a phone call. It’s funny how quickly things change!
At the beginning of 2020 Leeds Mind had a full calendar of events and activities to look forward to, people taking on some amazing challenges and organising some exciting events but one by one these have been postponed or cancelled. This is upsetting for us as a charity but also for our fundraisers, who invest so many hours in training and time to organise events. Despite the current situation we have several people fundraising for us, some have adapted their original challenge in line with social distancing and some people have hosted virtual events. I would just like to say a huge “thank you” we really do appreciate this.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is Kindness, something I’m sure you’ll agree we all need a little of at the moment. I’d like to thank everyone who has shown kindness by choosing to raise funds for Leeds Mind over the past 12 months, from running 5k to Marathons, jumping out of planes, tackling gruelling obstacle courses, fitness classes, The 2.6 challenge & for the companies & organisations who have chosen Leeds Mind as their supported charity.
I can’t possibly name all the incredible people doing things for us during lockdown but I wanted to share a few of these to demonstrate the kindness they are showing our charity at a time when we need it most.