29 July 2015

Principality employees’ takeover Mind Cymru shops for charity challenge

Employees from Principality Building Society put their selling skills to good use for a charity takeover challenge with mental health charity Mind Cymru.

The volunteers from Wales’ largest building society took over Mind shops in Monmouth, Newport and Llandudno, with the aim of selling as much as possible to show support for Mind Cymru, Principality’s Charity of the Year.

The winning team were the volunteers at the Llandudno shop, which managed to collect the most donations and sell the most items in the Mind Retail Challenge Day. In total £637 was raised by the takeover.

One of the volunteers, James Harper from Principality Building Society, said: “The Mind Retail Challenge Day was really worthwhile. We were able to work as a team using skills outside our usual experience, understand how charity shops operate and support our local communities, whilst also having some fun!”

Every year Principality raises money for a different Charity of the Year. The charity is nominated by a member of staff at the Society and then shortlisted among five others, before being voted as the official charity by staff at Principality’s Cardiff-based head office, 53 branches and 18 agencies across Wales and the borders.

All the money raised in 2015 will be donated to Mind Cymru, to support the charity which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and ensure that the one in four of us who experience mental health problems each year get both support and respect.

One of its priorities is to support the network of 20 local Minds to deliver services in communities around Wales. Local Minds offer direct support to people with mental health problems, including drop-in centres, counselling services and community projects.

Published: 29/07/2015