Nottingham-based mental health charity Improving Lives is marking its tenth anniversary by announcing a new partnership with leading local estate agents HoldenCopley.
The award-winning charity, based in Mansfield Road, supports people with complex health and social needs, providing one-to-one tailored support and a varied range of social groups alongside a befriending service. In the past 12 months the charity has worked with 337 adults – a 45% increase on the previous year.
Now its work is being backed by more than 40 employees at HoldenCopley, who will take part in a sponsored Tough Mudder obstacle race in the grounds of Belvoir Castle on 24th April to raise vital funds.
HoldenCopley director Steven Holden said: “It is important for us to support local charities like Improving Lives – the support they are providing in Nottingham is essential for people trying to navigate life with not only mental health issues but many other barriers which are impacting their overall wellbeing.”
HoldenCopley have been operating across Nottinghamshire since 2014 and has a track record in supporting local charities, having raised £5,700 for the Emmanuel House support centre for homeless people with a skydive last year.
Steven added: “Raising money for Improving Lives is also a fantastic opportunity for us to come together as a team, set ourselves a challenge and spend some time together outside of the office, something we haven’t been able to do much of in recent years.
“We have set ourselves a goal of raising at least £5,000 and I’m very confident that together we can achieve that.”
Improving Lives celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special event in the ballroom of the city’s Council House in Old Market Square earlier this year. It has recently shared the good news of securing an additional multi-year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
CEO Kerry Devine said: “To have the support of local businesses at a time when we are experiencing the greatest demand for our service is vital for us so that we can help as many people as possible.
“Although the Lottery money will allow us to support 100 people this year, we still have a shortfall, which is where people like HoldenCopley can make all the difference.
“We are so thankful to everyone at HoldenCopley who is taking part in the Tough Mudder event. As well as raising a significant amount of money, they will also help to make more people aware of our organisation and the positive impact the support we offer can have on someone’s life.”