Lions club donates £4k to charity ‘Be OK’

Members of the Lion Club presenting the cheque to 'Be Ok'
Members of the Lion Club presenting the cheque to 'Be Ok'

A large donation has been gifted to help improve the mental health of young people.

Be OK is a mental health service for people aged 16-25 in Mid Sussex, Crawley and Horsham.

It was thrilled to be presented with a cheque for £4,300 from Billingshurst & District Lions Club in time for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

Members of the Lions Club attended a group for young people organised by Be OK where they were given the chance to meet clients and present a cheque.

The money raised came from its annual charity golf tournament held in July and will go towards providing a range of activities and workshops to Be OK clients.

With half of all mental health problems being established by the age of 14 and three-quarters by the age of 21, Be OK provides a valuable and much needed service within the local area.

The service, which is run by mental health charity, Sussex Oakleaf, provides free and confidential support which promotes independence and helps to build resilience.

Clients of the service were given the chance to decide how the funds could best be spent.

Amongst the suggestions were cooking workshops, kayaking and rock climbing. All the activities will be aimed at reducing isolation and improving mental health and confidence.

Andrew Viall, president of the Billingshurst & District Lions Club, said: “We are very pleased to support the Be OK service for young people in Sussex.

“We are particularly happy that these new activities have been chosen by the participants themselves and we wish them every success for their future.”

Be OK project coordinator, Ewa Jednaszewska-Rana, said: “Sussex Oakleaf’s vision is for a world where people with mental illness and mental health issues are inspired and supported to fulfil their potential and to live their lives as independently as possible.

“Donations like this help to take us one step nearer to achieving our vision. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated or helped to collect donations.”

If you would like to get in touch with Sussex Oakleaf, visit, www.sussexoakleaf.org.uk or call 01444 459517.

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