Connells Group 2,000-plus employees have voted ‘overwhelming’ across its different estate agency brands to adopt mental health charity Mind as the company’s new fund-raising focus.
Staff at its Sequence and Connells branches, plus its head office, will now focus their efforts on Mind, which is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
“The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the nation’s mental health, especially for those of us with existing mental health problems, and it is vital that everyone has access to the right support, advice and information when they need it,” says Emma Ihsan, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Mind.
It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding, and provide support directly to those who need it most.
Connells Group Chief Executive David Plumtree, says his staff’s choice reflects the high-profile of the issue during Covid.
“Mind was the overwhelming consensus, as it is a cause that has really resonated with our workforce, especially at this time where current events have forced us to recognise any issues with the mental health of ourselves and those close to us, and where more people have needed Mind more than ever before,” says Plumtree.
“We are eager to kick off our new partnership and raise plenty of money to support Mind to continue to do their good work through a calendar of exciting fundraising activities.”
The announcement comes despite busy times at the £428 million turnover estate agency group, which has been working hard in recent weeks to finalise its £180 million takeover of rival Countrywide.