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This Monday 10th October marked World Mental Health Day and the conclusion of our charity donation. We pledged to donate £1 from every uPVC Sliding Sash window to We Mind & Kelly Matters. This is an important charity formed in 2019 after the tragic loss of Kelly Hewitt to offer support for those struggling with their mental health. Quickslide managed to raise a total of £2,500 from our window sales alone. This has been donated directly to those in need.
On top of our donation, members of the Quickslide team dressed in pink to support Kelly’s Heroes on World Mental Health Day. We are proud to have raised an additional £182 from team contributions.
Quickslide is a team player, and it’s important for us to support our fellow industry friends who took part in The Loneliest Road Challenge. The challenge included customers, suppliers, and competitors alike! We’re proud to stand united and to do our bit to help break the stigma.
The Loneliest Road Challenge
Over the past month, Kelly’s Heroes have cycled across the world. They started on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) and crossing the finish line on World Mental Health Day (October 10th). Two teams have split the journey with the European team travelling through Spain, France & Germany in 10 days. Then, the USA team cycled from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California in 17 days. This distance of 52,000 miles (around the world twice) seems insurmountable to most, but it is representative of the mental well-being ideology “ask twice”. We Mind & Kelly Matters aim to break the stigma and raise awareness for mental health with this challenge.
Founder and Kelly’s father, John Hewitt explained: “The name of the challenge comes from the part of the US route that includes a stretch in Nevada known as the ‘Loneliest Road in America’, thanks to its vast mountainous and sandy scenery. The name is poignant, given the lonely nature of mental health. It’s how people can feel sometimes when they’re struggling, I know it’s how I’ve felt at times after losing Kelly.”
If you wish to show your support to We Mind & Kelly Matters, you can use this link to donate. You can also get involved in different ways by setting up a fundraiser, volunteering, or simply spreading the word.
Mental Health Support at Quickslide
At Quickslide we value both the physical and mental health of our employees. That’s why we offer mental health support to our entire team and their households. According to BUPA, each year nearly three in ten people will experience a mental health condition. With over 200 employees we realise that some of our colleagues may, unfortunately, fit that statistic. Therefore, we work with BUPA Mental Health to ensure those who work with us feel safe and supported.
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