Over £7,000 has been raised for local mental health charity, Hertfordshire Mind Network, by staff at Hightown Housing Association.

Hightown have been raising money for the local charity through a variety of fundraising events across the year. Some of the fundraising activities include a charity quiz night, sponsored runs, seasonal bake sales, and fancy dress days.

Both Hightown and Hertfordshire Mind Network work to treat individuals with respect, whilst promoting independence and choice. Hightown currently provides dedicated support for over 150 residents with mental health issues across 15 services in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Types of service include supported living, registered care units and community outreach.

Caroline McGoohan, Fundraising Manager at Hertfordshire Mind Network said:

“As a local mental health charity, Hertfordshire Mind Network are delighted to have been partnered with Hightown for the last 18 months. The fundraising activities have been a real inspiration and it is great to see a team of enthusiastic and committed staff wanting to make a difference in their local community. On behalf of the clients, volunteers and staff at Hertfordshire Mind Network, I would like to say a big thank you for the money they have raised so far! Their donations will allow us to continue supporting more people in the local community experiencing mental ill health. We look forward to the partnership developing further over the next 18 months!”

David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown Housing Association said:

“I am delighted that Hightown staff have managed to raise so much money for our sponsored charity, Hertfordshire Mind Network. As a charitable housing association, we house and support people experiencing mental ill health in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and are aware of the urgent need for more services to support people. Our staff fundraising work also ties in with our Five Ways to Wellbeing programme, encouraging staff and service users to give back to the local community as a component of their own wellbeing.”

The Hertfordshire Mind Network delivers crucial mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a range of services from seven wellbeing centres and other venues across the county. Funded locally, services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18, as well as dedicated services for 16 – 18 year olds.