Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) was delighted when Nene Park Academy sixth form presented them with a £213 cheque which they had raised through selling sweets, home-made cakes and organising a name the teddy bear competition.
This fundraising event had been part of the sixth form’s ‘Stress LESS’ programme, a campaign created by CPSL Mind, which is all about empowering students (aged 12–18) to find positive ways of coping with school and exam stress. As part of their Stress LESS project, they put together a power point presentation and a short film, to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health. They also established a noticeboard which provides information and support on mental health issues. Due to their hard work and dedication they also won an Innovation Grant from CPSL Mind for £200 to enable them to carry on implementing new ideas to improve wellbeing across the school.
Heather Smith, Sixth Form Student Support said, “We are so proud of our students who have participated in this project. They have all worked so hard and put so much effort in. Winning the Innovation Grant was fantastic news and I look forward to seeing how they will use it to improve the wellbeing of their fellow students”.
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “It has been fantastic working with Nene Park Academy. The students have worked so hard on developing creative ideas to improve their wellbeing and we are delighted that they have also raised £213 for the charity. This money will be used to help provide support to local people who are recovering from mental health problems – a huge thank you to all the students who have been involved”.