Shopping centre extends partnership with charity

The arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds has been working with Suffolk Mind throughout 2020 – Photo: Terry Hawkins

arc shopping centre has announced they will be extending their charity partnership with Suffolk Mind into 2021.

The shopping centre, which is located in Bury St Edmunds, has been working closely with Suffolk Mind throughout the year to help them raise awareness and funds whilst also providing shoppers with some exciting activities.

arc shopping centre celebrated Mental Health Awareness Day over the weekend, treating shoppers to a gift to put a smile on their faces. The gifts ranged from £5 Paperchase vouchers to ‘meals on us’ at Wagamama and Nandos. However the shopping centre aims to promote the importance of Mental Health awareness and the Suffolk Mind services throughout the remainder of 2020 and throughout 2021, not just on Mental Health Awareness Day.

With the year that everyone has had, Suffolk Mind has been even busier than normal with the callers using their telephone services increasing dramatically and those requiring mental health support on the rise. The Suffolk Mind team have also been creating resources for both adults and children to stay well during the COVID-19 outbreak. All while their usual fundraising activities have been reduced due to social distancing.

arc shopping centre is therefore delighted to be able to continue to have Suffolk Mind as their Charity Of The Year for 2021.

The shopping centre will be working closely with Suffolk Mind, encouraging shoppers to speak their mind and share their stories so others can see that they’re not alone in the challenges they’re facing.

Amanda Sturgeon, from Suffolk Mind, said: “We’re so pleased that the arc are continuing their Charity of the Year partnership with us for another year.

“Suffolk Mind are needed now more than ever as many people’s lives have been turned upside down in recent months. Partnerships like this help us to develop and run new services, training and resources in order to improve lives in practical ways.”

Steve Bunce, Centre Manager at arc shopping centre, said: “Our partnership with Suffolk Mind is really important and we are delighted to be able to extend our efforts into 2021.  Mental health is such an important topic to get people talking about, with one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem it will be affecting many of our shoppers.”

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