UKATA member 3B Training, gathered local companies together for their “Let’s Talk Charity Ball” to raise awareness and support for workplace mental health charity, Mates in Mind.
The event took place at local sporting venue Leigh Sports Village Friday 18 October and raised £6,214.57 for the charity. The night consisted of dinner, entertainment, raffle and a charity auction as well as various speakers.
The evenings guest speakers highlighted the poignant purpose of the event which was to address the stigma of poor mental health to promote positive mental wellbeing.
3B Training’s Managing Director, Mat Bewley spoke about his personal struggles with mental health and the importance of a strong support network. Neal Levstone spoke on behalf of Mates in Mind to introduce the charity and the great work they do. Justin Manley was the final guest speaker who told his personal story about a near-death, life-changing injury he suffered following an accident while working in construction and the mental health struggle that followed.
After the event, Mat Bewley said:
"We’re extremely proud of how our first charity ball went and we’re really pleased that we raised £6,214.57 and awareness for Mates in Mind.
We deliver regular training and talks on the topic of mental health, but we felt we could do more which is why we decided to organise the ball. We want to continue to raise awareness that it’s OK to speak out and seek help if you’re struggling."
To find out more about Mates in Mind, visit: www.matesinmind.org