Mind in Cambridgeshire was delighted when local sixth form student, Ruby Aronsohn organised a silent disco and raised an impressive £600 for the local mental health charity. The event took place on 4th February at Fairycroft House in Saffron Walden. Over 100 young people (aged 14 – 19) attended, all paying £5 per ticket.
Ruby Aronsohn, who is a student at Hills Road Sixth Form College said, “I decided to organise a silent disco as I felt it reflected the silence around the issues of mental health”.
A silent disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants.
Ruby said, “One of my favourite parts of the event was seeing everyone come together in such wonderful support. One of the biggest issues surrounding mental health is people in the younger generation can feel lonely and ashamed but such a big event with such a large turnout, proved that we are not alone and it is nothing to be ashamed of. It was a physical reminder that there is support everywhere and we all want to tackle the stigma.”
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for Mind in Cambridgeshire said, “We were really pleased when Ruby got in touch to say she wanted to fundraise for us. We thought the concept of a silent disco was a brilliant idea and raising £600 is a fantastic achievement. We are extremely grateful to Ruby for organising the event and for everybody who bought a ticket and took part.”
If you too would like to fundraise for Mind in Cambridgeshire, please contact Zoe Doherty – firstname.lastname@example.org.