Our journey has been challenging, but rewarding. Just over a year after Anthony died, Donna and Brian set up The Anthony Seddon Fund in July 2014. They were passionate about supporting others with mental health issues. They wanted to help those going through similar situations to themselves and to raise awareness of mental health issues to the wider population. This passion has ensured we have not only grown but thrived as a charity!
Very early on a Sunday morning we set up a stall on Ashton Market and began to sell our donations. The market stall became a great success and the monies we raised were donated to Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind to work in schools in Tameside to educate and raise awareness of mental health in children and young people.
The Anthony Seddon Shop
With the fundraising being so successful, we decided on a shop base and so came about the very first Anthony Seddon Fund Shop. The Charity Shop was more than just somewhere to drop off donations and buy; it rapidly became a place where people would come to talk and share their experiences whilst they browsed. It was a place of caring and support for the community. It also gave us somewhere to display information about organisations in Tameside offering mental health support.
The Anthony Seddon Centre
As the charity and its customer base grew, the number of people looking for information, support or just someone to talk to outgrew what the shop could cope with. This was when we decided to attain another property to provide a supportive environment for people with mental health worries. The centre allows us to provide a safe, supportive environment for anyone. We display and share information about other local mental health services and offer facilities to chat comfortably about anything. It is also the base where our support groups and mental health projects take place – take a look at What We Do.
We are now into our 8th year as a charity (time flies!). Little did we know the impact Anthony’s death would have on us as a family, but we are so proud to deliver our services in Anthony’s name.