Mental health charity bags a £1,350 boost from shops

The Factory Shop in Fraserburgh.
The Factory Shop in Fraserburgh.

Generous Buchan shoppers and shop staff have helped support the work of a local mental health charity by donating more than £1,350 during a series of fund-raisers.

Volunteers from the Companions befriending scheme, which is part of Mental Health Aberdeen, took part in a bag pack at the Asda store in Peterhead and raised £697.

The organisation has also been supported by the Factory Shop in Fraserburgh, with £324 raised by staff as part of the store’s Make a Difference in your Community campaign. The shop had already contributed £355 to Companions by supporting its festive raffle.

The donations have been used to help run the Companions project in the two towns as well as in the Banff and Turriff areas.

Flora Todd, manager of Companions, said: “Our trained befriending volunteers are a valuable part of the support network for a range of people facing many different mental health challenges. The aim is to encourage positive outcomes and counter the isolation which only compounds many of the issues faced by those who benefit from the service.

“We’re committed to providing the service throughout the areas we serve and to do that we rely on fundraising activity and donations. The generous support of the shoppers in Fraserburgh and Peterhead was really appreciated and the money raised will be put to good use by Companions.”

The befriending scheme is just one of a range of resources provided by the charity, which is in Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Banff and Turriff. Resources include: emotional and practical support; support with helping overcoming social isolation; links and access to community resources; activities promoting mental wellbeing.

MHA was founded in 1950 and provides support services, counselling and advice to people affected by challenges related to mental health. Services are available for children from the age of 12 and adults.

The organisation was among the first to provide community care, with its first residential project opening more than 35 years ago and having provided day services for over 60 years.

Further details on befriending and volunteering are available by calling Flora Todd on 01779 470122, Jean Pryde on 01261 818330 or at www.mha.uk.net or www.companions.org.uk