3 June 2015

Principality staff put their best foot forward for Mind Cymru

Staff from Principality Building Society in Llandeilo put their best foot forward for a charity walk.

The team from Wales’ largest building society took up the challenge to walk from the branch in Rhosmaen Street to Carreg Cennen Castle to raise £300 for mental health charity Mind Cymru, Principality’s 2015 Charity of the Year.

The fundraising total was made up of donations from customers in branch along with a bucket collection on the walk itself. 

Helen Rainford, Principality Building Society’s Llandeilo branch manager, said: “Mind Cymru is a very deserving charity and we wanted to do something at our branch to help raise more money for this worthy cause. 

“The team crossed the River Towy and took to the hills heading for Trapp and then Carreg Cennen Castle, which has been described as one of Wales’ most dramatically situated castles. It was certainly more difficult than we thought but well worth it to raise £300 for Principality’s Charity of the Year. 

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our customers and members of the public who were really generous when we saw them along the way.”

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. 

Janet Pardue-Wood, Mind Cymru Interim Director said: “We’re grateful to Principality staff in Llandeilo and across Wales for being so enthusiastic and proactive in their fundraising activities. Events like this walk get people talking about mental health and raise money that will help us to continue providing vital services like our Infoline and support for the 20 local Minds across Wales, to make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”

You can find out about your local Mind by visiting www.mind.org.uk*. 

*By clicking on the links you will leave the Principality website - Principality is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Published: 03/06/2015