Fundraiser for North Kent Mind

On Saturday 2nd March, Ash Stone and Adam Palmer walked with their football team, Medway United Unver 12s East, as part of a 12 month fundraiser for North Kent Mind.

They set off from Strood and walked 7.5 miles to the Howard School in Rainham, completing this in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

As a result of the walk, they raised around £1000, bringing their total so far to £3660.

Great effort from all involved and all monies raised will be used for local services to make sure no one has to face a mental health issue alone!

A Poem by an Aspirations Client

Alone once again
Deep in the night
Looking for colours
Oh so bright

Looking for freedom
To ease pain in my heart
Searching and searching
But where do we start

Look deep into the abyss
The colours so strong
Hold on little one
It’s not where we belong

You need to have colours
Oh so bright
Not the dark dark one’s
That come in the night

We don’t have to be here
It’s not a good place
We’ll take it slowly
It isn’t a race

It will be daylight soon
We need to take care
We need to stay together
You, me and LoLo Bear

Anon (Aspirations client)

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Thank you, Calli

Calli Malpas is a local musician and supporter of North Kent Mind who wrote the song, ‘A Hedgehog Named Bob’ which is featured on Our Creative Space .

Calli has just donated £87.00 to us via Virgin Money Giving from Spotify sales of the song.

Thank you, Calli

*Content Warning* Although this is quite an uplifting song and has a cute cartoon video, the lyrics briefly mention experience of suicidal ideation/thoughts. 

Glitter Jars Activity

A glitter jar is something your child can make and then use to help them feel calmer and less confused about their feelings. When words are not
easy to find for you or your child, a Glitter Jar can help you talk to each other and helps your child understand how our thoughts and feelings link together.
A glitter jar works well with children aged 4-11. But it can be used for children and young people of all ages to help with other mindfulness
exercises such as mindful breathing.

For details on how to create glitter jars see the guide.

“Our Schools Worker, Sarah Murphy, has been working closely with Dartford Primary School via our KCC funded project, supporting the children to create their own glitter jars. The pictures below show the final results!”

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021. This year, join the fight for mental health.

During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. And we’ve seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there.

For them, for us and for you – we must take this chance to step up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support.

How you can get involved 

  • Speak out and share why you’re fighting. 
    Whether you use social media or simply speak with friends, family or colleagues – mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 by telling those around you why you’ve joined the fight for mental health and help create a movement for change. 
  • Donate. 
    With your help, we can lead the fight for mental health together, while continuing to give support to those of us with a mental health problem.

Spread the word 

We’ve got lots of resources to help you share why you’re fighting for mental health – from posters to social media graphics, available in both English and Welsh.


Speaking out isn’t the only way you can help. Through giving a donation, you can help support, protect and save lives.