Donning festive garb and a hazardous amount of tinsel, Andrea Butcher, Programme Lead for Mental Health & Learning Disability at the CCG, accepted donations for the PFG, raising almost £250 for the charity-funded group in under an hour.
Based at The Wellness Centre on Montrose Avenue, PFG Doncaster has over 200 members who provide support to each other, ranging from practical assistance around the home, to a listening ear, friendships and skills exchanges. It was formed four years ago and members have helped influence the development of local mental health services and are locally and nationally recognised as a leading peer-support organisation.
Usually the office Scrooge, Andrea told CCG staff: “Any one who knows me, and by looking at my desk, will note I’m not the most Christmassy person; no tinsel, lights; jingle bells; I’d rather say bah humbug and Grinch is my middle name!
“However this Christmas I’m willing to go fully festive and have photographic evidence on one condition: each year the PFG put on a Christmas lunch and give out presents for people with mental illness, are homeless and those who are alone at Christmas. Please help me support their xmas celebrations and for your efforts I’ll look like Mother Christmas dressed me personally!”
After raising donations of £231, Andrea and her team delivered the early Christmas gift to the PFG’s headquarters in Intake, Doncaster. To say ‘thank you’ they provided their own photographic evidence: