Our Charity Partner
Our two-year partnership with Mental Health UK began in January 2017, aiming to raise at least £2 million each year during 2017 and 2018. Colleagues and customers raised an amazing £4.8 million in the first 12 months, smashing our overall target of £2 million per year.
As a result, Mental Health UK has been able to build and launch their unique Mental Health and Money Advice service. This pioneering new service is supporting people with mental health and money problems online and through a referral based phone service.
We’ve also seen colleagues go further to engage with mental health, with 7,000 hours of volunteering shared and more than 30,000 colleagues completing the Group’s new Mental Health E-Learning modules.
Following the success in the first year of partnership, we hope to raise a further £2 million in 2018. This will allow Mental Health UK to connect with the most vulnerable people living with mental health issues who are often the hardest to reach, and who might be living in isolated communities, struggling in silence.
This year’s fundraising will allow Mental Health UK to do this in three ways: by creating, printing, digitising and distributing a brand new mental health information guide; by funding more face-to-face support groups in isolated communities and by expanding support services to reach the people who need help the most.
Fiona Cannon, Responsible Business and Inclusion Director at Lloyds Banking Group said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Mental Health UK. Colleague fundraising will enable the charity to broaden the impact of its work, helping those with mental health problems and make a step change in the understanding of mental illness across the UK."
The partnership builds on the Group’s support for its network of four independent charitable Foundations who together have invested almost £600m into thousands of local charities over the last 30 years. Improving mental health is an important way for the Foundations to tackle disadvantage at a local level and around 150 local charities are receiving funding specifically to support individuals improve their mental health and move on with their lives.