GMS donates £3,000 to mental health and wellbeing charity.

GMS Group have announced that they’ll be donating £3,000 to mental health and wellbeing charity, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group to help support the charity’s services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

GMS Group’s innovative fundraising initiative for the Kaleidoscope plus group started back in August 2019 when the Bromsgrove based company pledged to donate £50 of the annual service charge for all renewals and new key-holding customers.  The initiative was originally intended to run for 12 months and the Kaleidoscope Plus Group were to receive a donation from GMS Group in August 2020 however, due to the covid-19 outbreak, the team decided that the charity should receive their donation sooner.

CEO of GMS Group Neil Male said,

“As a group we are committed to helping those in our community. We’re a people orientated business, so giving back to such a fantastic charity seemed like the right thing to do.”

Neil Male, who is also on the board of the Kaleidoscope Plus Group (KPG) continued,

“Following Heath Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement earlier this month that the Government would be awarding just £5million to mental health services, we knew that we had to find a way to help the Kaleidoscope Plus Group. Originally, we intended to donate the proceeds from our initiative in August 2020, but KPG needs additional funding now more than ever, so we brought the date forward.”

“I joined the KPG board just before Christmas and I know that the charity is a lifeline for many. Without support from donors and corporate partners, there’s a real danger that if the charity becomes too depleted, they won’t be able to help those who need them once the pandemic is over.”

Established in 1973, The Kaleidoscope Plus group, based in West Bromwich, supports thousands of people all over the UK each year. The charity offers a wide range of services for those experiencing mental health difficulties, including a crisis text line, a mental health helpline and messenger service, as well as residential care homes and supported houses for the most vulnerable in society.

Monica Shafaq, CEO of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group said,

“Approximately, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as stress, anxiety or depression, in any given week. We expect those statistics to change dramatically over the coming months because of the pandemic.”

“We’ll use GMS Group’s initial donation to fund 180 mindfulness and wellbeing packs for Sandwell residents to help support their mental health during lockdown.”

GMS Group have pledged to continue their initiative and will carry on raising funds for the Kaleidoscope Plus Group until August 2020 as planned. The team have set a £5,000 target, which they’re confident they’ll hit given that they’ve raised so much already.

GMS Group, have been leading the security market in innovation, service and delivery for over 20 years and support a range of charities and third sector organisations every year.