The RSK group has announced that Mind will be its charity of choice for the next three years. Previously, we worked to raise funds for WaterAid, a charity that focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene around the world, particularly in Africa. From November 2020, we will support Mind: a mental health charity covering England and Wales that provides advice and support to empower anyone facing a mental health difficulty. It campaigns on a simple vision: to champion everyone experiencing a mental health problem and to ensure that each person receives the support and respect they deserve.
The amiable Stephen Fry is the current president. According to Mind’s website, the well-known writer and actor is also a campaigner, supporter and advocate for people who are experiencing problems with their mental health. In 2006, he detailed his experiences of understanding and living with bipolar disorder in a feature-length BBC documentary, The secret life of the manic depressive.
Mind was selected as RSK’s new charity of choice after a group-wide vote open to all employees. There were eight amazing causes to choose from that closely align with RSK’s core identity and goals. RSK’s corporate responsibility and sustainability team announced the result on Friday, 13 November 2020. Throughout the last decade, RSK has been raising funds for a chosen charity: from 2011 to 2014, we supported WaterAid. For the three years from 2014, we championed and fundraised for Cancer Research before reinstating links with WaterAid. We are incredibly proud of our connection with this water charity and are pleased to say that we met our £12,000 fundraising goal between 2017 and 2020.
Mind will now become the focus of our group fundraising efforts. The charity’s ethos aligns with RSK’s commitment to raising awareness of mental health and well-being issues. Moreover, our support will come at a time when the mental health sector needs it most, as lockdowns have affected many people both financially and emotionally. Now, amid a growing mental health crisis, earnest and non-judgemental support is vital to help people overcome mental health issues. RSK is proud to lend its support to Mind.