Mental health charity Mikeysline has received a four-figure donation from Scotland’s largest industrial supply group after an a-maze-ing fundraising drive at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Highland Industrial Supplies constructed a pallet maze at the popular music festival, raising £2,500 as festival-goers traversed the tricky course.
The funds will be used by Mikeysline to provide often-lifesaving mental health support and suicide prevention services across the Highlands and Moray, through face-to-face and text-based support.
Garry Mackintosh, managing director of Highland Industrial Supplies said:
“We were thrilled with the response to our pallet maze at Belladrum, and to have raised so much money for Mikeysline in the process – allowing the charity to continue its great work in the community.
“As a local business working with a charity close to the community’s heart, it was important to us to engage with our customers, friends and families at a grassroots level.
“It’s also important to us to encourage outdoor events and activities in our community.
“This went hand-in-hand with supplying 2,000 free hi-vis vests for children at the festival, which not only promoted Mikeysline but also allows them to be seen safely during the upcoming winter months.”
Mr Mackintosh has also sponsored the majority of Mikeysline advertising boards being erected at shinty clubs across the Highlands, as part of the charity’s partnership with the Camanachd Association which aims to promote positive mental health messages in rural and remote communities.
Mikeysline CEO Emily Stokes added:
“We were delighted to receive such a generous donation from Highland Industrial Supplies following its hugely popular pallet maze at Belladrum.
“Getting outside, and getting some fresh air and exercise, is a fantastic way to relieve stress and anxiety – so anything that encourages people to get up and active is great for the community’s wellbeing.
“Depression and low mood is often linked with the winter months, but it’s just as easy to feel down or under pressure when the sun is shining brightly.
“We want everyone to know that it’s ok not to be ok, and that support is available if you feel things are getting to be too much to handle on your own.”
Since 2015, Mikeysline has offered confidential, non-judgemental support to people of all ages dealing with mental health issues, emotional distress or thoughts of suicide in the Highlands and Moray.
It does this via a text line service at 07786 207755; WhatsApp at 01463 729000 and via its website; and live chat, Twitter and Messenger via its website.
The charity also produces a popular podcast, Speaking of Suicide, and offers face-to-face support in four Hives across the region – at its Inverness headquarters, Tesco in Tain, The Place in Alness, and now the Highland Yoga Collective in Nairn.