£100s raised in aid of mental health charity
MORE than 100 patients, families and carers came together at a festival aiming to highlight mental health issues and treatments.
The fete was organised by stakeholders of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).
And more than £800 was raised for the trust’s ‘Challenging Stigma’ campaign, which aims to tackle the stigma that can often associated with mental health.
The ‘Recovery Festival’ took place at Lime Walk House and Gardens, on Victoria Road, Macclesfield, and during the day attendees enjoyed a range of activities all about keeping fit – including Zumba, dancing, sports and gardening as well as finding out advice about giving up smoking and maintaining a healthy diet. Aspiring Mary Berry’s also got piping to try and come out on top in a cake decorating competition and there was a DJ, face painting and a barbecue.
Christina Evans, CWP clinical service manager, said: “We wanted to host an event for people who have experience of mental health problems that their families and carers could come along and enjoy too. The day highlighted the broad range of recovery focussed activities and opportunities that are available to both people who use our services and their carers, including courses at our Recovery College, rehabilitation support and recreational activities.
“There was also a strong emphasis on the importance of the relationship between good physical health and mental well-being with - including healthy smoothies which were an absolute treat!”
CWP is now into its third year of its Recovery Strategy, providing hope, control and opportunities for all.
Phil Hough, carer and lived experience advisor, who helped co-ordinate the event, added: “The festival feel was all part of the original planning put forward by people who use CWP services.”
●» Phil Hough, carer, with Simon Hough, peer support volunteer.