Exertis has marked the setting up of an in-house charity committee by announcing an official partnership with Mental Health UK and a fund-raising target of £125,000 in its first year.
Paul Bryan, Managing Director of Exertis UK, said: “Many of us will struggle with our mental health at some point in our lives and partnering with Mental Health UK will help elevate this important topic – not just for Exertis, but to all those who require mental health support. We’re thrilled to be working with Mental Health UK and raising money for a charity which does such awesome work.”
Hayley Gunn-Bruce, Head of Partnerships at Mental Health UK, added: “At Mental Health UK, we are so excited to work with businesses like Exertis who are passionate about supporting our vital work and who want to be part of creating real lasting change. We won’t stop until everyone has the tools they need to live their best possible life and we know this partnership, through the amazing fundraising efforts of Exertis colleagues, will help that happen.”
Exertis set up the Exertis Charity Committee to create formal channels to be charitable; to foster a deeper sense of belonging for Exertis’ people; to have a positive impact in communities; and to make a difference. It is split into two categories – fundraising and volunteering – each with its own sub-committee.
To celebrate its launch, Exertis is organising ‘Ride to Exertis Almo’, a joint fund-raising initiative with Exertis Almo in the US. This will see staff in the UK raise money for Mental Health UK by collectively pedalling 1,750 miles on their bikes (half the distance between Exertis UK and the Exertis Almo HQ in Philadelphia) at the same time as Exertis Almo staff do the same in Philadelphia to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.