Mental Health Charity, Depression Alliance nominate St. Mildred’s Centre for a Friends in Need Award
The St. Mildred’s Centre received a national ‘Friends in Need’ award at a very special ceremony at Kensington Palace last month.
The Ceremony was held in the Queen Victoria’s bedchamber where she was sleeping the night she was pronounced Queen. Jan Stead ,Parish Secretary and Leander Garner, Centre Manager, together with the other guests, who were invited from all over the UK, enjoyed lunch, and an emotional address from the Keynote speaker Stan Frith; ex chairman of Harrods and current author, whose son died suddenly at age 32, having fought (and lost) a prolonged battle with depression.
After the awards, speeches and photographs, there was a private tour of the Palace and a chance to ‘mingle’ and chat.
The Friends in Need community has over 10,000 users – to nominate an organisation or individual for an award, members were simply asked ‘who was your friend when you were in need?’ After shortlisting and a final decision by a panel, the Centre was awarded runner up ‘in recognition of their extraordinary role in supporting someone with depression.’ Emer O’Neill, Chief Executive of Depression Alliance said ‘that the understanding, support and friendship of others who understand can truly be life-saving. Even small acts of kindness can make a big difference’.
The Depression Alliance organisation meet regularly at St. Mildred’s, supported by the Centre staff, volunteers from St. Mildred’s congregation and the local community. For more information see their website site here