Randox to hold mental health fundraising event

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Randox Health Holywood is hosting a fundraising event for mental health charities AWARE NI and Ulster University’s Mind Your Mood.

Held on Saturday (October 6), 10am-noon, the health check company’s coffee morning event will offer customers, visitors and the residents of Holywood the opportunity to call in, grab a tea or coffee, and sample some scones and sweet treats, all while helping to raise money for those who need it most.

By shining a light on mental health issues, Randox hopes to educate its staff on how to look after their mental health while also raising funds for its two official charity partners.

The fundraising coffee morning launches a month of staff initiatives including a Wear Yellow for World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, October 10, a company-wide Bake Sale on Friday, October 26, and a freefall abseil from the dome of Victoria Square Belfast on Sunday, October 21.

Randox Founder and Managing Director Dr Peter FitzGerald, commented: “Every one of us has been touched either directly or indirectly by these issues and it’s something we at Randox wish to help to address.

“We have for example invested significantly in research that will determine how problems with the digestive system can affect your mood, sleep and stress levels.

“We hope that our partnerships not only help those affected by mental ill-health across Northern Ireland, but also empower our Randox staff to take care of their own mental well-being.”

AWARE NI is the depression charity for Northern Ireland with an established network of 23 support groups in rural and urban areas across the country, all run by trained volunteers. AWARE deliver mental health and wellbeing programmes in to communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces while also running a 24hr email help service.

Mind Your Mood, managed by Ulster University, is designed and delivered by students who have life experience of mental health illness to help other students avoid mental illness, provide support at the earliest point, build awareness of mental illness and provide support to students who are already diagnosed with mental illness.

Donations for the Randox Team Abseil can be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/RANDOXAWARE


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