ICS Assessment Services are delighted to announce that Mind is our charity sponsor for 2020.
Mind is an established charity that has existed since 1946. The charity offers support and advice to people living with a mental illness, across England and Wales. Mind was previously known as NAHM and decided to change their name after running a successful campaign called MIND. Since the re-branding, the charity has a new president and has continued to deliver a high-quality service to the community.
In 2011, Steven Fry became the president of Mind. Steven has dealt with mental health problems himself and works very closely with the charity. He attends regular events and gets involved with many of the charity’s campaigns.
To support the Mind charity, we will be taking part in a range of fundraising events and activities. In January, the team took part in several activities, all of which challenged our team to stick to the pledges for the whole month to raise awareness and make our business greener.
The options we had were Veganuary (vegan for a month) or ‘Pledge to go veg’ (vegetarian for a month). We also had the option to exercise every day or participate in Dry January. When changing your diet or lifestyle, it can bring about many benefits in your mental and physical health, such as:
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves mental health
- Increases energy
- Prevent type 2 diabetes
- Lose weight
- Improve sleep
Our fundraising events for 2020
We also have a range of outdoor events taking place over the summer. Our first event is the Dulux London Revolution cycling challenge. Where participants must cycle around the circumference of London, which is 156km. This event will be happening on the 9th to the 10th of May, allowing two days to complete the challenge.
The next event is The Peak District Challenge, which is a two-day event where everyone has the choice of whether to walk, run, or jog across a 25km, 50km, or 100km route across the Peak District on the 4th and 5th of July.
Soon after is the South Coast challenge which will be across the South Downs Way National Trail. For both walking challenges, the same rules and distances apply. The South Coast challenge is happening on the 29th and 30th of August.
Our final summer challenge is the 2020 Swim Serpentine this event will be in Hyde Park London. It's a one-day open event in which the swimmers have a choice of a ½ mile, 1 mile, or 2-mile swim. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved, no matter your experience.
All the money we raise will be given to Mind so they can continue to help people in the community struggling with mental health problems and offer advice and support when needed. If you would like to keep track of our fundraising head over to our Just Giving page.
We will also be running other activities to raise money for the charity such as, quiz nights, dress down Fridays and bake sales. To keep up to date with our Mind fundraising activities please follow our LinkedIn company page.