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CHARITY RAFFLE: St Albans pub donates raffle proceeds to mental health charity

 Published on: 15th July 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans pub has donated over £1,000 to a mental health charity based in the city.

The White Swan pub decided to host a raffle to win a giant teddy bear to support the Ollie Foundation who provide training on suicide awareness, alertness and intervention.

This generous donation was recently presented to the charity alongside Daisy Cooper MP for St Albans who has also done her bit for charity raising over £4,885 from her Christmas appeal.

Stuart Falconer, founder of The Ollie Foundation, said: “I always get blown away when things like this happen. My son Morgan died six years ago yet the generosity of people in our community continues to show that suicide is still a very real thing that affects all of us one way or another.

“I’m grateful that the raffle at The White Swan raised so much money that will go towards saving other young lives. That’s why The Ollie Foundation exists – because one life lost is enough.”

Daisy Cooper MP said is grateful to her platform which helps to raise awareness of and support the Ollie Foundation.

She said: “The Ollie Foundation does incredible and valuable work to support young people with their mental health. I was really glad to be able to use my platform to help champion the charity’s amazing work in my Christmas appeal.

“I’m also incredibly grateful to all those who took part in the White Swan’s giant teddy bear raffle for their amazing generosity during a challenging time.”

Pictured: White Swan landlord John McGuiness, The Ollie Foundation founder Stuart Falconer, Daisy Cooper MP.

Photo credit: Ali Newcombe

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