Our 50th anniversary year starts here

RED January is the first event in our 50th year

RED January is the first event in our 50th year. There are lots of ways you can be involved and help us celebrate our half century. Please get in touch

West Sussex Mind celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020 and is asking you to help mark this milestone by joining in some exciting events during the year – and by helping us reach a £100,000 fundraising goal.

To mark half a century of supporting local people with mental health problems, we are looking for people and businesses who will also turn 50 during 2020.

“Turning 50 is such a milestone and people often want to mark this with a challenge, party or other occasion,” said community fundraising manager Debbie Watkins.

“We are asking anyone who would like to mark their big birthday this year by taking on a run, fitness challenge or having a party to also raise funds for our charity at the same time.

“Or perhaps your business would like to link with us for 2020. We would be very grateful for the support. This year we have set a £100,000 target and every contribution will help. The money will be used to reach more people with mental health support needs.”

Events during the year will include the opening of a new out-of-hours mental health support service in Worthing town centre, a 1970s disco, a new anti-stigma Open Minds project called Moving Minds, a supporters event in Midhurst, art exhibitions, a fish and chips supper, quiz and runners in various races including the Worthing 10k in June.

West Sussex Mind has already kick-started its 50th anniversary year by taking part in the RED January campaign. More than 100 people have signed up to be active every day of the month.

As we support people in Shoreham, Lancing, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor, Chichester, Chanctonbury and Midhurst, we are looking for people across these areas to get involved by joining our ’50 for 50’ campaign. Ideas include:

  • run for 50 minutes

  • bake 50 cakes

  • cycle 50 laps

  • sell 50 items (car boot, ebay).

It was back in 1970 that the first local Mind in Worthing started. It later merged with Arun Mind. Then in 2013 Worthing and Arun Mind joined with Chichester Mind, to become Coastal West Sussex Mind. Last year, the charity expanded again by merging with the Corner House in Southwick and becoming West Sussex Mind.

Anyone who would like to get involved with the anniversary year activities or with the Open Minds anti-stigma project can contact commsadmin@westsussexmind.org or call 01903 277000.

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