Autumn 2022 News
Hearts and Minds
As part of BiM’s commitment to working with other organisations in the area of mental health, Jim, Ele and Ness recently had a very positive and productive meeting in Bristol with Tracey and Georgia Davies, the mother and daughter team who head the Mindstep Foundation. The Davies family run Convey Law, an award-winning conveyancing legal practice based in South Wales which has a long pedigree in terms of fundraising for good causes via its charity arm the Conveyancing Foundation and to date over £910,000 has been raised for good causes.
The Mindstep Foundation, however, is especially personal to the family, as it was established in August 2018 following the tragic loss of their beloved elder son, Max, who took his own life, aged just 22. It is now their mission to help prevent suicide by funding research, awareness and support and, as the family says, “To take steps, however small, towards ensuring that no one suffers the loss of a loved one to suicide.” The parallels with the work we do at Boys in Mind are obvious and we hope to establish a firm partnership with the Mindstep Foundation as we explore a range of initiatives including films and podcasts and the possibility of joint campaigns and initiatives. We’re very much looking forward to working with the Mindstep Foundation and will keep you updated through our social media and future news stories.
Running for Glory
Despite the many challenges faced by the organisers of the Bath Half and after several postponements, this year’s event finally went ahead on Sunday 16th October.
We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to the 8 intrepid runners who completed the race on behalf of Boys in Mind. We know that the event was the final stage in months of training and preparation and we thank them and all of the supporters who turned up on the day.
In the next news update, we’ll include details on all of our runners as well as their fundraising total but in the meantime, you can still support our runners and make a donation through our Just Giving page, just click the “Donate Now” at the top of the page.
Another huge thanks to the wonderful Michelle Ebbage who runs Community Matters Bath, a community-focussed, non-profit shop in Chelsea Road, Bath. They’ve been fundraising for Boys In Mind and have just donated £15,000 to help us continue with our work. We are delighted beyond words – thank you so much Michelle, your fundraising will enable us to expand some of our priority projects and campaigns. If you haven’t already been to the shop, it’s well worth a visit. Alternatively, if you’re having a pre-Christmas clear out, why not drop off your old stuff with Michelle so that she can turn it into cash to help local causes.
A Tasty Burger
In the last news update, we reported that the Crown Inn in Bathford, was supporting Boys in Mind by adding the delicious “BiM Burger” to their menu and donating £1 from each sale to Boys in Mind.
As well as being a lovely pub in beautiful surroundings, the Crown Inn also offers an extensive range of food and drinks and when we spoke to landlady Vanessa LeTort recently, she confirmed that they would be keeping the BiM burger in the menu for the time being.
So, if you’re in the area, or looking for a great local pub, why not call in? You can enjoy a great pub atmosphere and support Boys in Mind. That’s what you call a win, win!
For more details about the Crown Inn, Bathford, click here to go to their website.
BiM social - heartwarming and foot-tapping!
Widcombe Social Club in Bath was the place to be on Friday 23rd September, as the club generously allowed us to use their Waterside Arts Bar for an evening of chatting over drinks and a chance to view our two latest films, Will’s Story and Jim’s Story. As a teenager, Will, attempted to take his life on several occasions. His father Jim, who currently heads the Boys In Mind team, talks about the effect of these attempts on him and their relationship – and the transformation to the good place they are in now. We were then entertained with live music from the fabulous A Band Named Brian and the Shambletones. Many thanks to these bands and to Widcombe Social Club for hosting a great evening, hopefully the first of many fundraisers and social events post pandemic!
Christ Church Bath donates to BiM
We would also like to thank verger Angela Soboslay and the congregation of Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath for making Boys in Mind their “Charity of the Month” for September. As well as taking donations at the Sunday services, the church also hosted a variety of fundraising events including a cake sale and raised a very welcome £259.15 to support our outreach in schools and elsewhere in the community. Recognising the need for more mental health support for children, particularly after the “Lockdown” the church wanted to support a charity that was “Doing good work with children through our local schools” and they chose Boys in Mind. Thank you again to everyone at Christ Church, Bath.
Charity Status for BiM
As reported in the last news update, Boys in Mind is now registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as a charity in its own right. This will make very little change to our ongoing day-to-day activities, but gives us greater control of our future strategies and fundraising. We thank The Charlie Waller Trust, who have helped to make Boys in Mind what it is today and also look forward to future collaborations and partnerships. Boys in Mind does not receive any government backing or financial support. We rely on donations and fundraising events, and so any help or support you can give would be very much appreciated. If you’d like to help by making a donation, simply click the Just Giving button at the top of the page. We thank you for all of your support and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.