Centre for Mental Health named among Charities of the Year to celebrate 25th anniversary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, London

4 August 2021

Centre for Mental Health is delighted to have been chosen as one of the Charities of the Year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, London at its Westfield Lane, Harrow site.

The Temple, based in North West London, will kick off a year of events to support Centre for Mental Health and other charities with a sponsored walk, run and bicycle ride on 7 and 8 August. More than 800 people will be participating in these events at the weekend to raise vital funds for the Centre’s work with children and young people.

Funds generously raised by members of the Temple will help to support Centre for Mental Health to respond to the needs of children and young people whose lives have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. They will enable us to produce specialist briefings, practitioner toolkits and to undertake vital research to support children and families nationwide to protect their mental health at a time when many are experiencing additional significant difficulties.

The Temple has made Centre for Mental Health one of its Charities of the Year and will be raising funds throughout the year ahead with a series of events and activities as it marks its 25th anniversary. You can support this weekend’s fundraising activity here.

Centre for Mental Health chair of trustees Professor Dame Sue Bailey said: “We are honoured that the Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple has chosen Centre for Mental Health as one of their Charities of the Year at such a crucial time for children’s mental health in the UK and worldwide. Our partnership with the Temple will enable us to make a real difference and help us ensure that no one’s needs are forgotten or neglected. We look forward to working with the Temple and the community it serves to bring children’s mental health into the limelight.”

Harice Jesani, Temple General Secretary and anniversary convenor, said: “We are delighted to be raising funds for the Centre for Mental Health as one of our chosen charities for the Temple’s anniversary celebrations.  We shouldn’t underestimate the impact to the welfare of young people, particularly as we have spent the last 18 months with Covid restrictions and the immense pressures and difficulties that have resulted from distanced learning, disrupted schooling and even the loss of friendship through face-to-face meetings.  If we can play a small part in improving the mental well-being of some of those affected through the great work that Centre for Mental Health undertakes, we will have fulfilled our desire to give something back to our community under our anniversary theme of the “World Being One Family”.

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