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Horwich Farrelly raises £21,000 for Rethink Mental Illness

January, 24, 2018

Horwich Farrelly has raised £21,000 for mental health charity, Rethink Mental Illness, following 12 months of fundraising. The figure, which smashes the firm’s original target of £15,000, will allow the charity to continue to provide help and support to almost 60,000 people living with mental illness.

Cheque for £21,000 presented to Rethink Mental Illness

Ronan McCann & Thomas Reynard present a cheque for the monies raised to Kenza Dairi and James Fletcher of Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness was selected as the firm’s nominated charity for 2017, following a vote by their 750 employees. Colleagues from across their six offices came together to engage in a wide range of fundraising events, with additional support provided by clients and suppliers.

Brad Carr, a HR Advisor from the company’s Manchester office, got on his bike to cycle from London to Paris, raising £2,352 in the process. In Cardiff, Manchester and Merseyside, colleagues took part in 10k runs, as well as Santa Dashes in Manchester and London. There were charity assault courses in Liverpool and Sheffield, a coffee morning in Southampton and a five-a-side football tournament involving more than a dozen suppliers.

Montage of fundraising events

Some of the fundraising events included (clockwise from top right) the Cardiff 10k, a solo bike ride from London to Paris, bake sales and Obstacle Color Rush

The firm also partnered with The Big Give, a non-profit, charitable website, which match funded £1,052 after employees were encouraged to donate old £1 coins before they ceased to become legal tender last October. Through the magic of The Big Give, the pledge was quadrupled and will help Rethink Mental Illness improve its network of support groups across the country.

With an estimated one in four adults experiencing a mental health issue each year, Horwich Farrelly also looked at ways of increasing awareness of mental health issues and wellbeing in the workplace.

In what’s believed to be a first for a UK law firm, 19 colleagues received training to become accredited Mental Health First Aiders, providing employees with a confidential first point of contact for any mental health concerns. Other initiatives held during the firm’s first ever Mental Health Awareness Week included encouraging staff to make a mental health pledge and a look at how mindfulness can have a positive impact on wellbeing.

The monies raised for Rethink Mental Illness take the total amount donated to charity by Horwich Farrelly since 2015 to more than £60,000.

James Fletcher, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Rethink Mental Illness, said: “We are really proud to have worked with Horwich Farrelly as their charity partner for 2017. Not only for their hard work and dedication in raising funds, but also because they’ve broken new ground in becoming one of the first law firms to train a group of their staff as Mental Health First Aiders. It’s great to see a company like Horwich Farrelly think about the breadth of impact it can have on mental health. Long may this continue!”

Raising awareness of mental health in the workplace

Awareness of workplace wellbeing was increased with the accreditation of 19 colleagues as Mental Health First Aiders, asking employees to make a mental health pledge and looking at the benefits of mindfulness

Ronan McCann, Partner at Horwich Farrelly added: “Over the years Horwich Farrelly has supported a wide range of good causes, with our fundraising efforts nominated at the Better Society Awards two years in a row. However, our partnership with Rethink Mental Illness has arguably been the strongest we’ve ever enjoyed with a single charity, and one which we hope will have a long lasting legacy.

“It’s all thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of all our employees, their friends and family, as well as suppliers and clients, who all helped us achieve such an amazing result for the charity by ensuring every event was a huge success. We’re honoured to have played a small part in raising awareness of mental health issues, as well as making changes within the firm to help promote good mental health at work.”

A cheque for the total amount raised was recently presented to James Fletcher and Kenza Dairi of Rethink Mental Illness by Horwich Farrelly Partner, Ronan McCann, and Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Reynard.

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