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SDC Trailers raises over £25k for Action Mental Health

Employees at SDC Trailers in Toomebridge and sister company MDF Engineering in Antrim have together raised £25,644 for Action Mental Health during a 12-month charity partnership.

As many fundraising events have been placed on hold due to Covid-19, the local trailer manufacturing group has signed up with the charity for a second year as they turn to digital channels to offer virtual sessions. The funds have been used to support Action Mental Health’s services which enhance the quality of life, and employability of people with mental health needs or a learning disability.

SDC Trailers president, Paul Bratton said: “Having seen the fantastic facilities and services that Action Mental Health offer, we were very keen to work with them for a second year. While the issue of mental health and well-being has come to the forefront during the pandemic, the services offered by Action Mental Health provide vital support to those affected. As well as fundraising, a number of our managers have been selected to participate in mental health awareness training online, which aims to give them the tools to recognise, understand and promote emotional wellbeing within the workplace.”

SDC established a joint campaign with the MensSana team to promote the charity’s ‘Healthy Me’ and ‘Provoking Thought’ programmes to 83 local primary and secondary schools. Before the pandemic, 31 workshops were completed with teachers and children at these schools.

With social distancing measures now in place, Action Mental Health has re-shaped their programmes to offer sessions for children and adults at schools and community groups online.