People who use services at the Beaumont Unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield enjoyed a fun-filled day today with staff and visitors to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.
Everyone wore red noses as they took part in various games, quizzes and competitions including a Nintendo Wii tournament! There was a comedy DVD session and home baked cakes were on sale, which people who use services at the unit had made especially for the day. Overall the event raised just under £150.
The Beaumont Unit, which is run by South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust, provides treatment and support for adults with mental health problems. This year Comic Relief is supporting a brand new campaign called ‘Time to Change’ which aims to raise awareness of mental health in England and tackle the stigma and discrimination attached it.
Occupational therapist Katy Bishop helped organise the event and said "Today has been fun-filled and has given people who use services here on the ward a real boost. It was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and do something productive, meaningful and enjoyable for a great cause. Supporting Comic Relief was particularly important to us this year because it is helping to raise awareness of mental health problems and dispel the myths that surround them."
She continued, "Stigma is something that every person with mental health problems is faced with and can greatly hinder the recovery process. We are thrilled that the Time to Change campaign, with the support of Comic Relief is tackling the issue head on and have had a fantastic time raising money for the cause today."
To find out more about the Time to Change campaign visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk.