MIND Aberystwyth was recently announced as Aberystwyth University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Charity of the Year for 2015/16, which seeks to raise vital funds for a worthy cause.
Mind Aberystwyth provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding – which is particularly important as latest figures show that every year 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem.
Professor April McMahon, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, expressed delight at the announcement remarking that the University is “incredibly lucky” to have such an involved community of students and staff.
She went on to discuss the importance of the charity:
“…The idea of this initiative is to provide a focus for fundraising and charitable donations through the year.
Mind Aberystwyth promotes and protects good mental health for all, and develops a local service for people affected by mental distress, including their carers, family, friends and supporters. We look forward to supporting them during the coming year.”
During Aberystwyth University’s graduation week stalls advertising the stall were set up, which marked the start of the University’s commitment to raising money for the charity over the next year.
Every year Aberystwyth University raises money for a different Vice-Chancellor’s Charity of the Year. Students and staff at the University nominate charities and then vote on a shortlist to choose the official Vice-Chancellor’s Charity of the Year.
All the money raised in 2015/16, will be donated to Mind Aberystwyth, to support the charity.
Fiona Aldred, Chief Executive from Mind Aberystwyth said: “We’re thrilled that Aberystwyth University has chosen Mind Aberystwyth to be its Vice-Chancellor’s Charity of the Year. The support from the University will make it possible for Mind Aberystwyth to continue to support people affected by mental distress to live full lives, and play their full part in society.
In 2014/15, Aberystwyth University raised more than £2000 for its Vice-Chancellor’s Charity of the Year, the Aberystwyth Lifeboat and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the RNLI.
Throughout the year students and staff completed a range of activities including a lively zumbathon and mouth-watering bake-offs.
You can find out more about Mind Aberystwyth by visiting http://mindaberystwyth.org/