Spring news from Mid and North East Essex Mind

Content originally from MIND Mid and North East Essex

Hello from all of us at Mid and North East Essex Mind – we’re delighted to share with you our latest fundraising news and challenges coming soon in 2021! 

Captain Tom 100

Celebrate Captain Tom’s amazing achievements in a special event over his birthday weekend.

We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in Captain Tom 100 from Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing achievements and raise vital funds for Mid and North East Essex Mind.

Friday 30 April would have been Captain Sir Tom’s 101st birthday and is the one-year anniversary of the extraordinary celebrations that followed the conclusion of his fundraising walk that raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS.

All you need to do is dream up your Captain Tom 100 – an activity of your choice based around the number 100 – and do it any time and anywhere from Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.

Find out more here

Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th May) 

Mental Health Awareness Week will be taking place on 10th – 16th May 2021 and the theme this year is ‘Nature’. The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered that during lockdowns this year.

This year we will be holding events across Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford and Braintree – check back on our website soon for more details. We hope you will be able to join us! 


National Cream Tea Day (25th June)

What better way to relax and take stock of your mental health than to have a cup of tea with your friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours. 

National Cream Tea Day is taking place on Friday 25th June 2021 and we think it would be a great opportunity for you to put on your own fundraising Cream Tea. It can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish, maybe just you and a few friends in your garden for a slice of homemade cake and a cuppa, but all pledging to make a donation to Mid and North East Essex Mind. 

If you belong to a group maybe a ‘bring your own’ picnic cream tea at the local park, where you could hold a raffle or again ask for donations to join in. You might even like to encourage your local café or tea room to take part by donating £1 from every cup of tea they sell that day. Look out for our fundraising pack and ideas on the website soon.

Take part in the Essex Castle Cycle Ride (24th July)

A great day’s cycling starting in Colchester, the ride offers three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 or 75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex.

The King’s Ride – 25 miles into the Stour Valley.
The Horses Ride – 50 miles to Castle Hedingham.
The Wall Ride – 75 miles to Finchingfield to take tea & cake in this picture postcard village.

Register here

Walk on Fire for Mental Health!

On  Sunday 10th October (World Mental Health Day), take part in our brand new Firewalk event taking place at Colchester United Football Club.

We have teamed up with Time 4 Change, experts in Fire Walking, to bring you our brand new fundraising event! This is an amazing opportunity to try something new whilst raising vital funds for our mental health services.

The past year has been particularly difficult for lots of us so this is the perfect time to show your solidarity and prove to yourself that you can do something amazing!

The event will be fully socially distanced and in line with government guidelines in place at that time and is kindly being sponsored by DNA Technical Architecture.

It costs £30 to take part and we ask that you raise £100 in sponsorship if you can; that’s only 20 friends or family who would sponsor you £5 – you can do it! 

You can also register as a team of six for only £150 – why not get your friends or colleagues involved!

Register here

Donate to Support our Work

Like many other charities we have seen in reduction in the number of donations we have received in the last few months. The need for our services is always growing particularly at this time. In order to support our services we would be extremely grateful of any donation you would be able to make at this time.

Donate here