MVIS & Bartco UK | 2019 Events Supporting Mental Health Charities
In 2019, MVIS & Bartco UK will be supporting mental health charities across the UK with a number of fundraising activities to raise both awareness, and much needed financial support for organisations invested in reducing the stigma and increasing the help available for individuals struggling with mental health issues.
Firstly, MVIS and Bartco are backing local charity F3 LSW by way of raising funds for a sponsored to coast bike ride in September this year.
The event starts with back wheels in the water in the village of St Bees, navigating some of the most picturesque, but challenging terrain in the Lake District and finishing in Robin Hoods Bay and the refreshing North Sea.
F3 LSW is a charity established after the suicide of Matlock native Logan Woolliscroft – who’s beloved Mercedes AMG A45 bore the personal registration F3 LSW.
The brother of MVIS employee Tillie Woolliscroft, Logan was a bright, intelligent 21-year-old with an enormous, infectious smile. He had recently completed his apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer at a Darley Dale company, who became his second family and are now a great supporter of the work F3 LSW are doing.
The last months of Logan’s life, however, saw him take the wrong path, being introduced to illegal drugs, the effects were catastrophic. Within 6 months, Logan’s dependence on drugs had seen a monumental deterioration in his mental health, manifesting in suicidal tendencies, which culminated in him taking his life on the 21st August 2018.
During this time, Logan sought professional help, however the profession is not very well publicised. It’s very difficult to know what help is out there, to know where to find that help and to know who to call and when they are available.
F3 LSW was established to help people of Matlock and the surrounding area to find the help they need.
Tillie and Logan’s Father, Steve Woolliscroft will be leading the charge across the country in memory of Logan.
Additionally, the charitable support from MVIS doesn’t stop there, as technician George Sheldon will take part in a skydive, with all donations making their way to mental health charity, Mind.
Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to our information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mind supports over 513,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
We spoke to George and asked him about the event, and what made him get involved. George told us:
“I’ve always wanted to do something to help contribute to raising awareness and supporting people struggling with mental health.
“My family have lost some of their closest friends to this illness and so have my friends, which is why I want to do my part to prevent this happening. It’s something that myself and nearly every young person I know has struggled with at some point in their life and many still struggle with everyday.
“Often it gets overlooked which is why I’ve started this fundraiser. I really appreciate any donations- so thank you!”