Store supports caring local charity with special event

SHOPPERS at a Thurrock store have been supporting the Mind charity today (Thursday, 3 September).

Thurrock Mind, based at Bridge Road, Grays, works tirelessly to develop and deliver high quality services with, and for, people with a mental health problem living in the borough.

As part of the national Mind organisation, the charity is supported through the Co-operative movement as one of its selected UK-wide charities – and national became local today with a special event at the Socketts Heath Co-op.

The store has hosted a raffle organised by its Member Pioneer Claire Mason. Claire’s role at the store is to liaise with local good causes supported by the Co-op and help raise funds for them and awareness of the work they do for the local community.

Currently the store is supporting three local good causes, Thurrock Play Network, West Thurrock Girl Guides and The Friends of Treetops School.

But today's raffle - which replaced an initially planned cake sale that was changed because of Coronavirus guidance - saw the focus on Mind.

And the local branch of Mind has already expressed its gratitude to Claire, colleagues and shoppers for their support for the charity.

Its deputy CEO Wendy Robertson said: “We are very grateful for everything the Co-op does for Mind nationally. Every penny that is donated really does make a difference, and it's so lovely that one of our local stores is now going to do something specially for us.”

Wendy explained how the local branch of Mind works – and in coming months Thurrock Nub News and the Co-op will be teaming up to feature many of the aspects of the work it carries out for the well-being of our community with a series of features.

Wendy said: “We are affiliated to Mind and work in partnership with Thurrock Council, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, our NHS providers and other local voluntary, community and faith groups.

“We want to make sure that everyone who experiences difficulties with their mental health gets the respect and support they need, at the time they need it and for people who are likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well.

“We provide a range of services together with information and advice on mental health problems.”

You can find out about the work of Thurrock Mind by visiting its website here.

The raffle will continue until next week, with tickets on sale once more next Thursday (10 September) when Mind will also be present to distribute information about its work.

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