Caption: Thank you Elizabeth and family for the kind donation!
Caption: "With over 200 people attending, the night was a way of keeping Jane’s memory alive"
Caption: Elizabeth hopes by telling Jane’s story, other people who may also be struggling will ask for help.
It’s always great to hear people actively fundraising for our charity, so when Elizabeth got in touch with us we just had to share her inspirational story.
Elizabeth popped into Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and kindly donated £1000 to us. With such a generous amount, we wanted to thank her and her family for thinking of our organisation.
Earlier last month, Elizabeth Doyle and her family hosted a Birthday Memorial Celebration for her younger sister Jane. Jane died nine years ago and this memorial night was a way to celebrate what would have been her 50th birthday.
With over 200 people attending, the night was a way of keeping Jane’s memory alive and to celebrate her life amongst her family and friends. The night included raffles, bingo and tombola’s with prizes ranging from free gym memberships, food and drink hampers and vouchers.
Family members travelled from as far away as Ireland to be together at the North Ormesby Workingmens Club.
Elizabeth described Jane as popular and loved. She was always smiling and loved shopping.
“Every pair of eyes you look at, you don’t know what pain they are hiding. You don’t realise what people are going through”.
Elizabeth believes Jane had suffered with depression since she was a younger girl. She and the family had no idea that Jane was struggling so much with her depression.
From the outside Jane appeared to be happy and confident. Elizabeth hopes by telling Jane’s story, other people who may also be struggling will ask for help.
“I wish people would speak out, they feel like they can’t speak to anybody but they shouldn’t keep it in”.
Elizabeth and her family decided to donate the money they have raised to Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind to give something back to people with mental health difficulties.
“With mental health, it affects people from different walks of life, no matter where you come from, it can affect anyone”.
As well as donating £1000 to our organisation, Elizabeth and her family also donated a sum to the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
Elizabeth feels strongly that more could be done to help people who struggle with mental health difficulties and believes that “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
“I hope this donation can make a difference and go towards making sure that people can get help when they need it”.
Thank you Elizabeth and your family for your wonderful donation and for raising awareness around suicide.