LOCAL potato supplier Branston has donated an impressive £21,420 to its charity of the year, Rethink Mental Illness.

Rethink Mental Illness has over 200 mental health services and support groups throughout the country, and provides expert advice, information, and support to more than 60,000 people severely affected by mental illness.

Simon Telfer, HR director at Branston said: “We are particularly proud to have worked with mental health charities this year, as it touches so many lives. Despite accounting for over half of all lost work days last year, at a national level, mental health issues still have a lot of stigma attached. It’s great to see mental health and wellbeing being more openly discussed.

“Our links with mental health charities have certainly helped us to have more conversations on the subject and to raise awareness of mental wellbeing with all our staff. We have provided mental health training for our managers and introduced mental health supporters across the business.”

Throughout 2018, Branston took part in a variety of fundraising activities including a century cycle ride, the London Marathon, the city of Lincoln 10k, ‘Branston’s Biggest Loser’ weight loss contest, Tough Mudder and staff events such as a summer BBQ, bake sales and a Christmas raffle.

Simon added: “This year’s fundraising will support vital mental health services for those who need them. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us meet our target. Our suppliers in particular have continued to support us with our fundraising activity over the year and we really appreciate their generosity in helping us to raise money for such worthwhile charities.”

Lisa Fraser-Ashton, corporate partnerships manager at Rethink Mental Illness said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as Branston’s charity of the year. We are so thankful to have been given this generous donation.

The Branston team has demonstrated their commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, as well as showing a great deal of enthusiasm for fundraising.”