At Saxon Packaging, the mental health and well-being of our employee’s is at the forefront of our work culture. We’re fortunate that, as part of the Smurfit Kappa Group, we have the wider support of an organisation who does so much for the welfare of their employees.
One of their most recent well-being initiatives was the ‘SK Charity Map Lap 2020’ event. Throughout the month of August, we (Saxon Packaging), along with our fellow Smurfit Kappa specialty sites in the UK & Ireland, clocked up mileage by walking, jogging, running, cycling, hiking and even climbing stairs. The ultimate group goal was to travel a total of 1218 miles all in aid of charity.
Each site could choose which charity they wished to support and for us it was our local charity, LiftLoudForDanny. This charity focusses on improving mental health services and work with the police, the NHS, and schools to raise awareness about mental health – with a particular focus on its link with autism who often require more specialised support; something that is rarely freely available. (See the original story featured in the local press here.)
LiftLoudForDanny also run a number of support groups (although some are currently limited due to Covid-19 restrictions) for those with mental health difficulties and for their carers, offering relaxation massage/therapies and mindfulness, free of charge for attendees.
They also run peer-to-peer drop-in sessions, a singing for wellbeing group, a wellbeing walking group, a men’s coffee & chat group and a group for children who have been bereaved by suicide. On top of all of that, they provide subsidised training sessions for members and staff in many areas of mental health, including suicide prevention.
Image courtesy of: LiftLoudForDanny
“Our ultimate aim is to have a Suicide Crisis and Trauma centre here in Lowestoft like that developed by Joy Hibbins in Cheltenham (suicidecrisis.co.uk) so people have a safe place for treatment, therapy and support. We’ve run and attended several conferences on mental health/men’s mental health including a suicide crisis centre conference where Joy came to tell us and all the services that attended about her centre in Cheltenham. We have a facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and shortly will be launching a website liftloudfordanny.org.uk.” Sue Willgoss – LiftLoudForDanny
As the event came to a close, the final figures were in and we had exceeded all expectations covering a total of 40,000 miles / 64,000 km as a group collective!
With over 400 colleagues and their families having volunteered to take part, we’re pleased to share that this event has raised £35,532 / €38,865 in support of 29 separate charities.
We are also delighted to inform that we have raised a total of £533.23 for our chosen charity, LiftLoudForDanny!
“This is a fantastic achievement! It was a great initiative that gave us something to take our minds away from the pandemic and focus on getting out and keeping active, whilst supporting our local charity, LiftLoudForDanny. A big thank you to everyone who took part and all who sent in a dontaton.” – Andy Smith, General Manager – Saxon Packaging.
“I want to say a huge thank you to all at Saxon Packaging on behalf of our team and all our members for the wonderful donation, it really is truly appreciated.” said Sue.
Should you wish to make a donation to LiftLoudForDanny, you can do so via their gofundme page.