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York Mind’s Christmas Appeal 2020 – Please could you help?

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We appreciate that giving might not be something you can do right now. But we also want to give you an opportunity to send a gift, if you are able to and would like to help us.

Asking for special donations & gifts is not something we would normally do, at any time of year. We would much rather see you at an event, or invite you to join us for a couple of hours volunteering at a Christmas bucket collection or bag pack. But then again, 2020 hasn’t been a normal year, has it?

I don’t need to tell you how much this pandemic has affected our lives. Recession, redundancies, months of lockdown, the loved ones we’ve lost – so much has changed, and none of us really know what will happen next.

One thing for sure: 2020 has had a devastating impact on the mental health of so many of us.

Every day, we’re speaking to people who have been driven to breaking point. At the peak of lockdown, we heard time and time again from people who were feeling so intensely lonely – and simply didn’t know what to do. Many were experiencing mental health problems for the first time. And many more had been struggling before the pandemic – so when their support networks fell away, they didn’t know where to turn.

My words can’t do justice to how tough this year has been. Take it from Jay, who told us:

“I live alone and have no family locally. I had to self-isolate with virus symptoms, and couldn’t see my friends. I felt like there was nothing to look forward to, and most days I would just sit and think ‘what’s the point?’”

Thanks to your generosity so far, we’ve been there for people like Jay – listening, offering information and getting them the support they need. We know that Jay’s situation is far from unique. You might even be there yourself – and if so, we really hope you can find the support you need.

For York Mind to be there for people comes at a cost. So many of our regular fundraising initiatives and events have been cancelled this year, and we are now asking for your help please, to make sure that our services can continue in the uncertain New Year.

Please, if you are able to, will you send a special gift of £5, £10 or £20 today for York Mind, and help make 2021 a year where nobody in York has to face a mental health problem alone?

£26 could fund a 1 hour Counselling Session for someone who needs our help – but most of all, it will make 2021 that much kinder and safer for someone who is struggling.

If you are able to, please send a gift of £5, £10, £20, or whatever you can afford to York Mind this Christmas, and help everyone get the support they need in 2021 – whatever the New Year brings.

Together, we can make 2021 a year where local mental health support is available to everyone who needs it.

TO MAKE A DONATION:

Online: Visit http://www.justgiving.com/campaign/YorkMindChristmas2020 to make a one-off donation (if you are a UK taxpayer, you can add GiftAid to this donation at no extra cost to you)

Cheques: Can be sent to us directly at York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York, YO30 6BP
(Please do remember to include your name and address with your cheque, so that we may acknowledge safe receipt of your donation.)

Cash: Please telephone us on 07483 167 930 to arrange a suitable date and time for bringing a cash donation to our office. We may be able to make arrangements to pick up cash from you, if you live in the York area.

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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