THE Nottingham-based mental health charity, Improving Lives has announced a new patron, John Holmes MBE .
Improving Lives, which supports people living with mental health issues had recently shared that it found itself in an uncertain financial position following a surge in demand of people struggling with their mental health following the pandemic and funding from the National Lottery due to end at Christmas.
John, 74 who first broadcast on BBC Radio Nottingham in April of 1970 was awarded his MBE in 2017 for his services to charity. As well as taking on his new role with Improving Lives John is currently a Vice-President of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Chairman and a founder of SKCIN, the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity, which aims to make people aware of the dangers of and identifying skin cancer.
Kerry Devine, CEO of Improving said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that John has agreed to be one of our new patrons, he has been a much-loved voice of Nottingham for many years and has supported so many wonderful charitable causes.
“It has been a difficult 18 months for small charities and referrals into our service more than doubled at the height of the pandemic. We are currently facing a shortfall in our funding, and we hope that working with John will support us to raise awareness of the work we are doing in the city as we continue to look for businesses that may be able to support us through corporate partnerships or fundraising events.”
When asked what hopes John had for the organisation now that he is a named patron, he said:
“I’ve tried to champion mental health issues all my adult life, my wife and son are heavily involved from the nursing side and still the issues seem to be ‘bottom of the health pile.’ We must change this. That’s why I’m keen to support Improving Lives in any way I can and am proud to become a Patron.”
Alongside the announcement of John, improving lives have also just released a short video, a call to action for local businesses of all sizes to come forward and provide much-needed support for improving lives through a variety of fundraising activities. This is following news from the organisation that since the start of the pandemic, they have had had a 64 per cent increase in referrals to their service.
The 11th of October marked the beginning of Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks in which different charities, community groups and organisations from across the city will contribute to a schedule of activities and events, which Improving Lives are proud to be part of again.
Improving Lives, based in Mansfield Road, supports adults with complex health and social needs, enabling them to believe that life can change for the better. Operating as a registered charity since 2012, it provides one-to-one personalised support, social groups and befriending services.
To discover how you can get involved with Improving Lives or to make a donation, please visit: https://www.improvinglivesnotts.org.uk/, email info@