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Mind Charity Benefits from Empire’s Generosity

Sunderland Empire has raised £11,800 in the past year for its nominated charity Washington Mind.


The mental health charity was selected by the theatre’s staff for its commitment to supporting the local people of Wearside, promoting recovery, and improving mental health and wellbeing services.


The theatre’s charity panel organised a range of fundraising events, including a staff summer sports day, an intimate performance with soprano Lesley Garrett, sponsored 10k walks, coffee mornings, a boxing day dip, as well as bucket collections at performances throughout the year and panto season.


Three staff members also participated in the Great North Run for the charity.


“It has been such a pleasure collaborating and connecting with Washington Mind over the past year,” said Vicki Medhurst, Theatre Manager at Sunderland Empire.


“The resources and training that they have provided have been, and continue to be, truly invaluable. It’s been a joy to see our staff come together for such a wonderful cause, and to see the donations from our generous patrons go directly back into our local community, keeping these wonderful services active.”


The charity’s vital services include therapeutic support for 11+, mental health and wellbeing activities and classes, social support, volunteering and training opportunities, and a range of information resources including the website.


“We cannot thank the team at the Empire enough for their fantastic support for Washington Mind over the last year,” said Jacqui Reeves, CEO at Washington Mind.


“We were all thrilled when we were chosen as charity of the year, but could not have foreseen building such a pro-active, productive partnership.


“Our staff and service users have really enjoyed being involved in the fundraising activities and to raise such a phenomenal amount of money is truly overwhelming.”


To find out more about Washington Mind visit






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