FOLLOWING a staff vote, leading potato supplier Branston has chosen Support in Mind Scotland as its charity of the year for 2018.

Mental health is one of the main causes of public health concerns worldwide, affecting more people every year than cancer or heart disease1. And despite nearly 15%2 of people experiencing mental health problems in the workplace at any one time, there is still an unnecessary stigma attached to the issue.

In addition to charity fundraising, Branston is introducing ‘mental health supporters’ at all its sites this year. These volunteers are receiving special training and are being provided with resources to enable them to help any staff who want support or advice related to any aspects of mental health.

Kevin Imrie, general manager at Branston’s Abernethy site near Perth, said: “Our staff are the heart of the business and so their happiness and well-being is a top priority.

“We have previously raised thousands for charitable causes in our local area and are really proud of the difference our amazing team has made to the community.”

We are delighted to embark on this exciting new charity partnership with Branston. It is an honour to be chosen by staff at their Perth site

Frances Simpson, Support in Mind Scotland CEO

Frances Simpson, CEO of Support in Mind Scotland, said: “We are delighted to embark on this exciting new charity partnership with Branston Ltd. It is an honour to be chosen by staff at their Perth site, who have already indicated how passionate they are about raising mental health awareness and supporting the services we deliver across Scotland.

“Branston has generously supported a number of good causes in recent years, and Support in Mind Scotland is very much looking forward to working alongside such a community-spirited workforce.”

Branston colleagues based at the firm's two other sites in Lincoln and Somerset will be supporting our sister charity and Mental Health UK partner charity, Rethink Mental Illness.

Simon Telfer, HR director at Branston said: “We’re proud to be supporting Rethink Mental Illness and Support in Mind Scotland to make a real difference with our charity fundraising. This year we’re focusing on raising awareness of mental well-being throughout our business so it was great that so many of our staff voted to support a charity that would help us to do that.”

Branston will be fundraising for the charities throughout 2018 with a range of activities, including its annual 100 mile bike ride and various team events.

Pictured above with representatives of Rethink are Ian Wait, operations director; Simon Telfer, HR director and John Griffin, general manager at Branston's Lincoln site.

Branston is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of potatoes - for leading UK retailers and wholesalers - as well as providing seed for potato growers.

For more information about Branston visit www.branston.com

References

  1. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/fundamental-facts-15.pdf
  2. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-mental-health-work