27 November 2018

Headlight's Mental Elf Day

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust's charity Headlight is asking the local community to help bring some sparkle to service users who will be spending their Christmas as inpatients or alone in their communities.

Each year, Headlight works to provide festive treats and care packages for inpatient and community services users of AWP, recognising that the festive season can be a particularly challenging time for mental health and that the small touches can make the biggest difference in bringing cheer to someone's Christmas.

Headlight is inviting you and your colleagues, classmates, friends and families to dress as an elf or in your favourite festive outfit on Friday 7 December as part of Mental Elf Day and raise money that will help those who are not spending Christmas with their family.

Tia, fundraising manager, said: "At this time of year the outside world is feeling festive, so we want to do what we can to bring that Christmas glow into our hospitals too. It's a major event in the Headlight calendar each year, and we spend over £10,000 on Christmas extras for service users of the Trust. All the support we receive from the community to make it happen is greatly appreciated, and we are so grateful for everyone who donates or participates."

If you feel like bringing some Christmas cheer to your office whilst doing your bit for your local community, join us by taking part in Mental Elf Day on the 7 of December.

Sign up to receive your free Fundraisers' Pack - full of inspirational ideas and advice, poster templates to advertise your event, games, selfie props and much more here:

http://www.headlightcharity.org.uk/mental-elf-day-2018/

Donations of items to be put in care packages are also greatly appreciated. Warm winter accessories, toiletries, sweet treats or preserves and small games, puzzles, colouring books or family friendly DVDs will all go a long way to making someone's Christmas special. If you can, please place donations into one of the Donation Stations at:

Bath NHS House - Woodside, Callington Road, Bristol- Green Lane Hospital, Devizes - Victoria Centre, Swindon -  Heathwood, Fountain Way Salisbury - Petherton Resource Centre, Bristol

Or you can help by contributing directly to our JustGiving Appeal page here:

www.justgiving.com/campaign/headlightchristmas2018

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