Developer makes generous donation to Wellingborough mental health charity

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Hundreds of residents across Wellingborough will benefit from a £1,000 donation from Stanton Cross developer Bovis Homes.

The donation will enable mental health charity, Mind, to extend their popular counselling sessions at a time when Government funding for local social services across the country continues to be cut.

Mind has already helped more than 600 people in the local area in the last 12 months, but a lack of resources and growing demand has meant that staff have been unable to support all those coming forward for help.

In the first quarter of 2016 alone the charity was unable to help 66 per cent of those wishing to access the charity’s services leaving some of the most vulnerable in the community without the help they need to live more fulfilling lives, cope with their illness and work through distressing life circumstances.

The donation from Bovis Homes will help the delivery of services such as counselling, wellbeing courses, advice sessions, workshops and community lunches. This will play a pivotal role in helping sufferers, including aiding a start or return to work and reducing isolation and loneliness.

John Lougher, Bovis Homes group land director responsible for Stanton Cross, said: “Mental illness can so easily affect any one of us and those we love at any time.

“As well as being debilitating, it can mean those most vulnerable in our community are left to suffer alone and in silence. We are pleased and proud to make this donation which we know will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of those living with mental illnesses locally and enable Mind to continue their outstanding work.”

Nigel Mansfield, chief executive of Wellingborough Mind, added: “This donation is pivotal in enabling us to continue to support the Wellingborough community and will play a crucial role in extending our counselling service.

“Our organisation supported more than 600 people in the last year, with an increasing local population and 1 in 4 people experiencing a Mental Health problem each year the need is ever growing. We would like to thank Bovis Homes for their recognition of our work and the challenges groups and charities such as Wellingborough Mind face in securing the resources needed to help the growing number of people among us who experience mental health issues.”

The donation made by Bovis Homes is part of The Stanton Cross Community Award, which makes a quarterly donation of £1,000 to charities and community groups.

The fund was set up at the beginning of the year by Bovis Homes to provide much needed funding for Wellingborough’s most deserving community projects transforming the area.

Stanton Cross is a £900 million major residential-led development which will significantly transform Wellingborough with new homes, improved infrastructure, community facilities and green open space. The development, which is being delivered by Bovis Homes, will include 3,650 homes and create in excess of 3,000 jobs. In addition, it will provide 110 acres of employment land and new schools for Wellingborough when complete.

Local groups interested in finding out more or applying for future awards can do so by visiting the Stanton Cross website at www.stantoncross.co.uk/community.