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Balsam Centre raises over £10,000 for young people's mental health services

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Getting ready for the Big Give Dance-a-thon

The Balsam Centre has raised over £10,000 in just two weeks to provide mental health support services for young people in the South Somerset area.

The Centre achieved the impressive total through its participation in Kind2Mind, a national fundraising campaign organised by Big Give, which matched every donation pound for pound during a two-week window in May. The campaign launched during Mental Health Awareness Week.

In addition to fundraising online, the Balsam Centre team organised a range of activities to get closer to their target. A raffle and charity bingo night, with prizes donated by businesses in the Wincanton area, raised £1531.60 after match funding, while the Youth Craft and Games Café raised a further £770 through their sponsored dance-a-thon.

CEO Sue Place said, “We have been thrilled by the generosity of the local community during our Kind2Mind campaign. We had a relatively short space of time in which to access the match-funding pot but the campaign gathered real momentum, particularly in the second week. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supported us, and to Big Give’s Champions for their generous match funding.”

All money raised will be used by The Balsam Centre to fund mental health support services for young people and young adults. The Centre is the only provider of free, accessible mental health support in the Wincanton area, where demand far exceeds the resources available.


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