Brightlingsea WinterFest, a festival which takes place in the midst of the winter months, has surpassed their previous fundraising total and has raised over £4,000 in 2018 for Mid and North East Essex Mind.
The festival is aimed at providing support and unity for those experiencing mental health conditions, particularly in the gloomy winter months, which for some can make dealing with conditions such as depression and anxiety more difficult.
It took place throughout February and included a variety of live band performances, workshops, taster sessions, wellbeing stands and the continuously popular ‘spoken word’ event.
Alix Sheppard, one of the organisers of WinterFest, said “The support for the 2018 WinterFest event was overwhelming, with over 300 performers and contributors who give their time and talents for free, to help get people involved with arts and music in winter. Each year the event attracts more people both to participate and perform- and local clubs and societies gain new members, helping to build people’s social and creative networks and to raise money for the essential treatment and guidance provided by Mid and North East Essex Mind.”
Jenny MacPherson, Community Partnerships Fundraiser at Mid and North Essex Mind, commented: “We are always so grateful to the organisers and attendees of WinterFest for their support as we know how hard they all work to make the event a success, not only for the charity, but for those who are living with a mental health problem. Winter can be a particularly difficult time for some, so events like this really help to create a sense of togetherness and solidarity. Thank you to everyone involved!”
For more information on the services Mid and North East Essex Mind provides, or to see how you can help support the charity, please visit www.mnessexmind.org or contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org