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Networking club presents with mental health in Mind – Newark Advertiser

A business networking club in a town has pulled together to raise more than £1,000 for a Nottinghamshire mental health charity.

Through social fundraising events, charity raffles which member donated prizes to, and £10 monthly membership fees, the Southwell Business Networking Club racked up an impressive £1,241.16.

Mandy Hopkins, member of the club, said the funds raised would go towards Nottinghamshire Mind to provide much-needed support to people dealing with mental health problems across the county.

Julie Levers from Mind Nottinghamshire collecting a cheque for £1,241.16 from Southwell Business Networking Club members.(26337124)
Julie Levers from Mind Nottinghamshire collecting a cheque for £1,241.16 from Southwell Business Networking Club members.(26337124)

“The Mind charity is something very close to my heart and that is why I chose it,” said Mandy. “That’s also why we decided to run the networking club as a not-for-profit.

“One of my sons suffers quite badly from mental health and had a lack of support in the community ­— because charities like these don’t have enough funds.”

The networking club launched in November 2018, now has 14 regular members, and meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Admiral Rodney in Southwell at 6pm.

Since the club formed it has managed to raise a total of £1,541.16 for various local charities including Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club and Nottinghamshire Mind.

Mandy said a lot of this money, £664.02, was raised at a Frog Race event at Southwell Golf Club in September of last year.

Networking meetings are relaxed but structured, and an agenda and attendee list are sent out to everyone ahead of the meeting.

The meeting fee includes the cost of a light meal and drinks can be purchased before the meeting starts.

For a full list of events planned and guest speakers organised, please visit www.southwellbusinessclub.org.uk/events/

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