Our Leeds office raises thousands for male suicide prevention charity

We are proud to announce that our Leeds office has raised over £5,500 in aid of Andy’s Man Club, a male suicide prevention charity.

In 2023 the office chose the organisation as its charity of the year after local representatives from Andy’s Man Club spoke to employees during Mental Health Week to talk about its work in the region.

Over the course of the last 12 months the office has been organising a series of fundraising and awareness events including taking part in the Abbey Dash 10k, participating in the Business Sevens charity touch rugby tournament, staging a themed games night based on the hit BBC TV show ‘Traitors’ and organising an annual cocktail evening.

The national charity holds free two hour peer-to-peer support sessions every week at over 190 venues across the UK as well as online. In 2021, the charity was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and as of March 2024, Andy’s Man Club meetings were attended by over 4,500 men across the country.

Andy Bampton, West Yorkshire Area Lead of Andy’s Man Club, said: “We really appreciate every donation we receive, as it directly contributes to the vital work we do. Our charity operates solely on the generosity of our supporters, without any external funding. The contributions we receive are pivotal in allowing us to continue our life-saving mission for men in the UK. We are immensely thankful for Gateley’s support, which will play a significant role in enabling us to continue providing a much valued service to our users across Yorkshire.”

Roger McCourt, office head for Gateley in Leeds, added: “When the charity visited us last year, the personal stories and powerful message they shared left a lasting impression on all of us.

“As a responsible business, supporting our communities is an important part of our purpose. We want to work with organisations that are pushing for positive change which is why Andy’s Man Club was chosen as our charity of the year for 2023-24.

“Suicide is the single biggest cause of death amongst men under the age of 54. Andy’s Man Club wants to end the stigma to discussing this issue, and mental health in general, helping men through the power of conversation.

“We hope that our support will assist it to continue its fantastic work and help even more people across the region.”

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