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Nearly there! MP issues rallying cry to save local mental health charity

November 21, 2014 12:53 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has issued a rallying cry after under threat charity South Lakeland Mind announced that they had raised over £50,000. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has issued a rallying cry after under threat charity South Lakeland Mind announced that they had raised over £50,000. (South Lakeland Mind)

The charity had been facing the threat of winding up its activities and closing down just before Christmas. This would have left vulnerable people without support over the holiday season.

As a result the charity launched the HELP campaign to save the organisation. Yesterday, they announced that they have received £16,258 in public donations, taking their overall fundraising total to over £50,000.

The charity said that it costs between £60,000-70,000 to run their services for a year.

Tim is continuing to push public bodies, the NHS and councils to step up and help with vital funding. But the MP paid tribute to the 'humbling' support of local people for the charity.

Tim said: "I want to thank every single person who has donated, helped or supported this campaign. The public reaction has been totally overwhelming.

"I will keep pressing and lobbying to secure the funds needed to keep this charity going. I have also offered them support and to bring them together with people who can help the charity become sustainable in the medium to long term.

"But every penny that local people can give to Mind will make a massive, massive difference."