As today is World Mental Health Day, Blackburn Hawks are delighted to take this opportunity to announce that the charity they have chosen to support going forward is the mental health charity Lancashire Mind.
Carl Everitt explains the thought process behind this important decision.
‘When it came to supporting our local community, the first topic for discussion was our Charity Affiliation. Immediately and unanimously we felt that Mental Health and well-being was something that is close to all of our hearts and the type of charity we had previously supported.
This coming season we have chosen to continue supporting mental health but targeting a more local organisation. We’re very proud to announce that our chosen charity partnership will be with Lancashire MIND who do an incredible job and focus very much on supporting our local community.
We will be actively supporting Lancashire MIND with many of their initiatives throughout the upcoming season.
We’re also pleased to announce that Esther Gradwell will be our Club Mental Health First Aider. Esther is already qualified in this role through her full time job and we are grateful that she has also accepted the role within the Hawks organisation.
Mental Health First Aiders are qualified to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue, enabling them to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis by empowering someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management.’
Emma Bateson, Fundraising Lead of Lancashire Mind commented:
“We are delighted that the Blackburn Hawks have chosen to support Lancashire Mind and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the club. As a charity we are working towards a Lancashire where: we can all achieve good mental health and wellbeing, people living with a mental health condition get the right support when needed and we don’t treat people differently because of their mental health. We can’t achieve our vision of Mental Wellbeing for All alone which is why the partnerships of organisations such as the Blackburn Hawks mean so much.”