Staff at SDC Trailers in Toomebridge, Co Antrim have come together to raise £76,000 for local charity Action Mental Health as part of a three-year corporate charity partnership.
Although fundraising activities took place under different circumstances during Covid restrictions, employees from SDC and sister company MDF Engineering were still able to participate in events such as the Belfast Marathon, Action Mental Health’s “Get Your Move On” virtual challenge and ‘Go Purple’ coffee morning in addition to the company’s payroll giving scheme.
Jonathan Smyth, head of communications and fundraising at the charity commented: “The support that we have received from SDC / MDF and their staff has been truly invaluable over the last three years.
“They have remained committed supporters throughout the challenges of the pandemic, at a time when we have seen great increases in demand for our services.
“The money raised has helped Action Mental Health continue to provide resilience-building programmes for children and young people in areas like Mid Ulster and Antrim, and indeed right across Northern Ireland.
“As a local charity, we rely on support like this, to provide these services, so the team at SDC and MDF really have provided a lasting legacy to our future generations.”
As well as promoting the services available to adults, SDC contacted primary and secondary schools across the Mid Ulster and Antrim area to encourage uptake of the charity’s ‘Healthy Me’ and ‘Provoking Thought’ programmes, educating children from eight up to 15 on the importance of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Each year the charity provides these resilience-building programmes to thousands of children and young people across Northern Ireland.
Paul Bratton, SDC’s group president, added: “We’re delighted to raise such a fantastic sum of money for Action Mental Health over the last three years. We know that the money raised will help Action Mental to carry on the essential work they do for people across Northern Ireland.
“The partnership also provided us an employer the opportunity to promote health and well-being within the workplace, provide signposting to services, and for employees to avail of Action Mental Health works training courses.
“We are extremely grateful to the Action Mental Health works team for the vital information they provided to us and to local schools during these sessions.”