Hi, I’m Amy, the assistant manager and I want to tell you about a charity event we held recently. On the 31st of March, here at The Birmingham Stable we held a Fundraising event for Dorset Mind.
Dorset Mind is a Mental Health Charity, dedicated to breaking the stigma associated with Mental Health. It aims to educate, help support people with mental health difficulties – the work they do is life saving. I know this personally because Mind helped save my life a few years ago, and I know many other people who would feel the same.
Here at The Stable, we are so proud to be supporting and working with such an amazing charity. Unfortunately, there is still some stigma out there regarding mental health, but it is a vital part of our wellbeing. Whether it is good or bad, EVERYONE has mental health. In the UK, at any one time 1 in 6 people have a mental health problem – and that’s just the ones that speak out. With problems and everyday stresses on the increase, the work that charities like Dorset Mind do is more important now than ever.
On that Sunday, the amount of love and support that we received was overwhelming. So many people came together at the fundraiser to support Dorset Mind.
We had two incredible women; Frankie and Becky from BA-HA come and create an exclusive vegan pizza special for us alongside our chefs, with every single penny from that pizza going straight to Dorset Mind. Now let me tell you, their pizza was insanely good and knowing that all the money from the pizza went to help people made each slice taste even better!
The music we had throughout the day was amazing and created such a buzzing vibe in the restaurant. Starting with T-Bird, Matt James and Craig Ward in the day time to warm everyone up playing soulful house music.
We then had a beautiful lady called Jemima who did a show-stopping and breathtaking spoken word piece called ‘Dear Brain’ on mental health and her own experience in dealing with her struggles. She delivered such an impactful message towards the end, saying that its ok to not be ok, and to ask for help. Here is the link to the poem; please check it out.
Jodie Gordon on the ukulele was up next, and damn did she sound good. She sang some beautiful covers such as Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Kiss the Girl” from the classic The Little Mermaid.
Next up to perform was The Sunny Side Up Project; a five-piece band with Sunny Jutley as the lead singer. His voice is soulful, sensual and beautiful. They were singing hits by Al Green, Omar and Bobby Caldwell and certainly got people up dancing – our favourite pair on the dance floor was our General Manager Jon and his daughter – n’aww!
Most of the money we raised for Dorset Mind was through our raffle where we received an abundance of incredible prizes as donations from many different companies and local businesses such as Manhattan Avenue, The Victoria, Serve, Virgin Trains, Next, Flavourly, Fullers and West Bromwich Albion Football Club (go on the Baggies!!)
New to The Birmingham Stable we had the Oneironauts playing, an interesting three piece neo-soul band playing some of their originals.
Overall it was a great event and we raised £606.02 for Dorset Mind, which is amazing! We’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who was involved!