Who We Are
The Anthony Seddon Fund was set up in June 2014 by Donna Thomas and her husband Brian after the death of their son, Anthony.
Anthony was a lovely, warm young man with a brilliant sense of humour and a smile that could light up a room. He was popular, energetic and intelligent, but sadly struggled with bi-polar disorder since he was 18. After a 12-year battle with the disorder, during which he was constantly in and out of hospital, sometimes struggling to cope with the debilitating side effects of strong medications, Anthony died by suicide on 31st March 2013. He was just 30 years old.
How the Shop Inspired the Centre
As the charity and its customer base grew, the numbers of people looking for information, support or just for someone to talk to outgrew the shop. Donna and Brian decided to obtain another property, dedicated solely to providing a supportive environment for people with mental health concerns. The Anthony Seddon Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne offers a range of activities and support groups, as well as it's drop-in service, but - above all - is a safe and welcoming environment.
Now run by Donna and a team of hard-working, unpaid volunteers, The Anthony Seddon Fund is growing - moving to a new, bigger location in 2018, and increasing its efforts to educate young people about mental health.
How the Fund Became the Shop
Anthony's family, who struggled to access adequate support in the aftermath of their son's death, vowed to continue his legacy by helping people in similar situations and by educating the wider population about mental illness. An initial fundraising effort was so successful that Donna and Brian decided to open a shop, not only to sell donated items, but to provide a space for people to discuss their mental health concerns.
Advance awareness and educate the general public, in particular children and young people, in all areas relating to mental health and well-being
Improve the quality of life of those affected by mental health issues, their families, friends and carers in Tameside by promoting their physical and mental health through support, education, practical advice and signposting to other local services
Work alongside a wide variety of other organisations and agencies to help us to meet these objectives.