Event aims to raise funds for a promotional purple van
October 10 is World Mental Health Day and stem4, the Wimbledon-based charity that aims to improve the mental well-being of teenagers, is holding a special event in the Wimbledon Piazza, on Saturday October 15th to mark the date.
The event will run from midday to 5pm and will comprise a performance by Chickenshed Theatre Company, a rowing challenge, a raffle and a slogan competition amongst other events.
It will be attended by BAFTA award-winning actor, Georgina Campbell and fellow actor Rosie Day who are both Ambassadors for stem4. They will be joined by stem4 CEO, founder and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Nihara Krause.
Author Iain Maitland will be signing copies of his new book ‘Dear Michael’. He is joining stem4 as an Ambassador.
stem4’s hope is that they will not only bring awareness of teenage mental health issues to new groups of people but also be able to raise funds for the stem4 purple van which is intended to be a meeting point and mobile information hub that will be taken to schools and colleges throughout London.
stem4 is now calling on local businesses who are interested in supporting the event by contributing a raffle prize, a donation, or sponsorship of a small aspect of the event contact Katie Donnell on 07802 883597 or email Katie@stem4.org.uk.
Since its creation in June 2011 stem4 has gone from strength to strength, including winning several Merton Business Awards for its commitment to the Community.
Its aims are to improve teenage mental health by encouraging early detection and education about issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression and addition.
Since inception, stem4 has worked with over 70 schools, reaching over 9,000 young people, parents and carers through workshops, conferences and a comprehensive website.
All funds raised at the event will be allocated towards the purchase and running costs of the purple van, which will, in turn, enable stem4 to expand the services offered to schools and disseminate crucial information and guidance to a new population of young people.
The Day Lewis Pharmacy in Wimbledon town centre recently raised over £600 for stem4 on their annual charity day. This value was then matched by the company’s owners, making a total of around £1,200.
The event, which was held at the Pharmacy, included a raffle offering prizes donated by suppliers and local businesses, a coin collection and cake sale. Staff wearing stem4 T shirts (pictured left), sold homemade cakes to customers and staff at neighbouring businesses.
Heather Bechman (fundraising lead, stem4) said “We are absolutely delighted that the Day Lewis Pharmacy has chosen to support stem4 in this way and are indebted to the staff of the pharmacy who put in such a lot of time and effort to make the day a success.
“This donation will contribute to the purchase of our “purple van” which is intended to be a meeting point and mobile information hub that we intend to take to schools and colleges.”
September 20, 2016