Why Fundraising and Volunteering Can Play a Role in Positive Mental Health
A fantastic way to enhance your happiness is to volunteer, fundraise or be kind to others
Studies show that people who volunteer and help others have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. This could be through small unplanned acts, such as a smile, thoughtful gesture or regular volunteering. Scientifically, there is a proven link between happiness and helping others. Neuro-activity in the brain shows that giving rather than receiving creates a greater sense of happiness and fulfilment.
What are the benefits of volunteering for your mental health?
As well as the external benefits, such as making a difference to the life of others, other benefits include:
- keeping things in perspective
- making you feel part of a community or team effort
- helping others to feel good – which in turn, makes us feel good too!
- Reducing stress
- Improving self-esteem
What are Resilient People doing?
Our chosen charity is the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and we are doing lots of things this year to support this fantastic organisation with their support of people with life-limiting conditions and their families in the Five Towns region.
Our Resilient People team have already organised a Coffee Morning on behalf of the Prince of Wales Hospice, raising £1,137, which equates to 64 hours of nursing care.
In addition, some of our team will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in September and we will also be doing the Starlight Walk.
We have also recruited the whole family to join in our ’30 Miles for 30 Years‘ Challenge: #WalkingTrailsForThePrinceOfWales.
We have also been collecting bags of clothes and bric-a-brac to be donated to the local charity shops. The challenge set by the hospice was to donate 30 bags for 30 years to be collected on 30th July. We have smashed this total, with 50 bags being collected and a total of £1000 in bag donations alone!
Raising money for the Prince of Wales is something that is close to our hearts for many reasons, many personal, and being able to make a difference to others has been wonderful. Our goal was to raise £1,000. We have already met this goal, but we are determined to carry on raising as much money as we can for the hospice over this very important year.
You can keep up-to-date with our fundraising, events and achievements by following us on social media:
If you want to support our efforts, please take a look at our fundraising page – any support is greatly received: https://www.pwh.org.uk/support-us/waystogive/fundraising/view-fundraising-pages/resilient-people?fbclid=IwAR3FU_inHmuLH_9fmcoRQ3ZApbkhwhHBa7jBAoebEOfLACDJ4dg70mzZ60c
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by attending our events, donating items and sponsoring our team!
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