Strong Christmas raffle ticket sales helped Midwich raise £28,000 for Norfolk and Waveney Mind in 2019, putting it firmly on course to exceed its fundraising target of £45,000 by the end of 2020.
Friends and family of Midwich employees spent more than £13,000 on raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes, which included an LG 60” 4K television, a Sonos speaker, dinner for two at the Auberge restaurant in Yaxley Suffolk, afternoon tea at Norwich’s Barnham Broom hotel and golf club, and £1,000 cash donated by Midwich.
As part of Midwich’s support for Mind, 24 of its employees volunteered in the charity’s shop in Diss, Norfolk in November and December – the shop’s busiest time of year – collectively spending almost 100 hours sorting donations, steaming clothes and pricing and displaying stock.
Mind Retail Manager Sylvia Merriott said: “It has been wonderful to have members of staff from Midwich working at our shop, not just because we processed much more stock, which helps raise more money for Mind, but because it feels like we are being supported by our local community.”
In addition to its volunteering activities, Midwich has set up a Mind Donation Station in its offices where staff can donate unwanted items.