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McCartneys are fundraising for the local charity Mind on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Tue 18 July 2017

McCartneys are supporting Mind, the mental health charity and have organised a fundraising event on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal on Sunday the 24th of September to raise monies and awareness for the cause.

McCartneys are at the very heart of the communities it serves, whether it’s selling people’s homes or making sure they get the right level of grants for their farm.  Spanning five counties and two countries, many of the areas we serve are rural or semi-rural.

We all know how important good mental health is wherever we live. It’s a particularly important issue in the rural areas where, unlike the perception that living in the country is a seemingly idyllic life, it can be anything but for some people. Pressures caused by job insecurity combined with isolation and unwillingness to talk means that people living in rural and semi-rural areas with mental health concerns can find themselves feeling alone with a lack of services to support them. 

McCartneys have chosen to support Mind as its charity this year to ensure that no one feels alone. As a team, we will be fundraising for the mental health charity and will be holding special events within the communities we serve to spread the message that no one is alone and that help and support is available to everyone.

Rob Fearnley, organising the upcoming event and manager of the Hay-on-Wye office, said “To show our commitment and to help raise awareness for Mind, McCartneys’ employees plan to cycle the full length of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. The route is approximately 35 miles in length, travelling along what is considered to be ‘some of the most scenic countryside’ in Wales”.

Rob continued “The cycling event will run alongside a 7 mile fundraising walk which will start from the village of Talybont-on-Usk and end in the town of Brecon at the Canal Basin. We have around 40 members of staff taking part from across the region, who are all looking forward to raising as much money as possible for Mind”. There will also be participants from Mind and from a local firm of solicitors taking part.

Val Walker, Service Director of Brecon and District Mind, said, “It’s fantastic that a local business, such as McCartney’s, have chosen Mind as their charity this year and are doing such wonderful fundraising events such as this cycle ride and walk along the canal. We hope that this event will be well attended and very successful as they have obviously put a lot of effort into organising these events. We are always very appreciative of fundraising and support from local people”. 

If you would like to help make a difference and show your support to those battling Mental Health then please feel free to make a donation or sponsor the staff members taking part through one of our local McCartneys branches.

For more information on the charity ride then please contact Rob Fearnley on 01497 820778.

McCartneys Hay-on-Wye team pictured above - Cath Meredith, Kate Hudman (on Bike) Rob Fearnley (Back) Mike Power (Mind Community Wellbeing Manager), Ryan Williams, Bernadette Barnes, Lillie Flawn-Powell (Front).

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