Leeds Mind charity of the year

MENTAL health and the stigma attached to it cause 1000s of lost workdays each year in Leeds impacting on people and their companies. To help tackle the causes and support those affected the Rotary Club of Leeds, White Rose has nominated Leeds Mind as it charity for the next 12 months. Ed Sanders, who founded Impellico Refrigeration, is President for 2017/18. He was inspired to support the charity after the visit of Prince Harry to Leeds Community Foundation earlier this month. Hearing the Royal prince talk of his own battle and how businesses and their people were being affected he felt compelled to support the charity which has a series of initiatives that operate within the city. “Poor mental health will affect almost everyone at some stage in their lives,” he said. “It is the number on reason for absence from work today and in some way every organisation in the city will be affected,” he said. “Leeds Mind can work with companies to support their employees and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and talking about it. “Rotary International works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to improve the lives of communities and if we can make more people aware of the issue and raise some money for Leeds Mind’s various projects we will have played a significant role in addressing the issue in the city,” he added. Already the club, which meets at the Park Plaza Hotel, City Square for breakfast at 7.00am each Wednesday has a series of events planned. Anyone who would like to find out more about Rotary and how they can become involved should visit http://www.rotaryleedswhiterose.co.uk/