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KCOM employees raise funds for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind


A series of activities focused on mental wellbeing raises over £1000

KCOM employees have helped raise more than £1,000 for charity by taking part in a series of mental wellbeing activities.

The money was raised during an action-packed Time To Talk Day, which involved employees in everything from stress-busting yoga classes to head massages, singing lessons, a mindfulness seminar and a tasty cake bake sale.

The activities were part of a national conversation day to raise awareness about mental health issues and provide information about mental wellbeing in the workplace.

The money raised has now been donated to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind which provides invaluable mental health support services across the KCOM region.

KCOM has donated a further £1,000 to the charity as a ‘thank you’ for supporting the vulnerable customer training that all the company’s customer facing employees now take part in.

Brendon Smurthwaite, KCOM’s community coordinator, said: “The Time To Talk day was a fantastic opportunity for all KCOM’s employees to think about mental wellbeing - and make them aware of all the help there is out there should they need it.

“A lot of people enjoyed taking part in the yoga and singing sessions before indulging in some well-deserved cake donated by other team members.

“As a company, wellbeing in the workplace is of paramount importance to us, that’s why we’ve recently trained employees across the business as mental health first aiders.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has been providing a wide range of mental health services across the region for 40 years, supporting more than 5,000 people in the local area.

As well as providing an information line that helps people find the mental health support they need, it also provides support for children and young people, advice to help people back into work and support for staff and volunteers working in our emergency services.

Claire Thomas, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind partnerships development manager, said: “The support we receive from companies within the local community is absolutely essential to what we do. It helps us to run the projects that we do that help local people.

“But there’s always more to do. With one in four people experiencing mental health problems there are more people out there who need help than we can currently reach.

“I would like to thank everyone at KCOM for everything they did to help raise these funds.”

For more details about or to make a donation to HEY Mind visit www.heymind.org.uk

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