Last Tuesday, after months of meticulous planning, Osborne Cawkwell Tuition ran its first ever charity event, Stand up to Mental Health. And what a night it was!
Action packed from start to finish, we had a fantastic variety of acts, from stand up, music, storytelling, there was even a bit of magic in there! (unfortunately, the only trick he couldn’t perform was to stop the snow!) But in spite of the weather, we had a great turn out. It was fantastic to see so many parents and tutors passionate about mental health.
The performers did not disappoint either! I’ve known a lot of these people for a while now, and been aware of their talents peripherally. However to see them in action, was a completely different experience. I was humbled by the phenomenal talent our team have, and any fear I had of the night turning into some sort of Britain’s Got Talent gone wrong were immediately assuaged.
Especially when our wonderful MC Katie Lane took to the stage. As I spent the majority of the night running around like a headless chicken, managing the myriad of technical/performer issues that seemed to crop up. Katie was the glue that held the show together. So I just want to say an extra special thanks to Katie for keeping the show on the road.
I also want to say a massive THANK YOU to all the other acts. You were all incredible! Especially our headliners, Rachel Kelly and Carl Donnelly, who did an amazing job of entertaining the crowd, whilst also relaying their own experiences of mental health problems. Rachel was even kind enough to donate some of her books to help us raise even more money. Which we did!
I’m pleased to announce that with everyone’s help, we were able to raise a whopping £500!!! Not bad for a snowy Tuesday night! As mentioned, we will be donating the money to Prince William’s fantastic charity, Heads Together. It will help support their new programme, Mentally Healthy Schools. We’ve been working tirelessly over the last year to help increase awareness of mental health problems to our clients, tutors and students, so this is something that’s close to our hearts.
But most importantly, we raised awareness. Seeing the kids in the audience laughing and enjoying themselves, (and the parents!), while learning about mental health brought me and the team an incredible amount of joy! I felt very privileged to be part of such a wonderful, supportive network of people. It reminds me of why we do this in the first place.
Bring on the next one!!