How your fundraising makes a difference.

Jamie’s depression and anxiety saw him isolate himself from others to a point where he would go weeks without human contact and was using prescribed drugs to medicate himself from the pain. He said, “I started suffering with anxiety when I was a teenager. I had health problems that were affecting me daily, which meant I was missing school, and that’s where it all began.”

Jamie was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and his anxiety became a huge barrier, stopping him from working, socialising and seeing anyone outside of his home. Jamie was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and his anxiety became a huge barrier, stopping him from working, socialising and seeing anyone outside of his home.

“At my lowest, I wouldn’t get out of bed, I wouldn’t wash, I wouldn’t eat. I wouldn’t answer my phone when my family called and I would make excuses when friends invited me out, so eventually they stopped asking. I had been out of work for ten years because of my anxiety, depression and health problems. I had no aspirations or plans for the future – I was just surviving day to day.” When he was given a leaflet about a twelve-week Psychology course with Adult Learning Wales, run in partnership with New Horizons mental health charity he signed up.

“On the first day, I stood outside the class for about twenty minutes looking at the door, terrified to go in. My anxiety was though the roof, I felt sick, and I almost turned around. But something inside of me had clicked and I forced myself into the class. My first class was amazing. I immediately felt at home and the classes could not come quick enough – I just wanted to learn more.”

When the course was coming to an end, Jamie didn’t feel ready to stop, and enrolled on a Criminology class with the same tutor, despite it being a forty-minute drive away. After a few weeks, he was on a third course in confidence building, sitting three courses a week, before eventually enrolling onto an access course in humanities and social science at Coleg y Cymoedd.

“I met so many new people and my anxiety just seemed to melt away. I was enjoying myself and had a constant positive feeling inside of me. l felt like I had a purpose in life.”

“I used to have a fear of the unknown, but now going into class, I meet new people and know that everyone is going through their own things and dealing with problems of their own and no one is judging me. I’ve got so much more out of learning that I ever could have expected. Not just the subject knowledge from the classes, but valuable skills, self-belief, resilience, friendship and better mental health”.

 

Volunteer fundraising team

We are looking for volunteers to become part of our volunteer Fundraising Team, raising awareness about New Horizons services and what the donations could mean. Volunteer at charity fundraising events and information stalls about fundraising. If you want to become a member of the fundraising team please fill out This application form.

 

Fundraising events

Our fantastic fundraisers and supporters have held a number of amazing fundraising events throughout the years including bake sales, 24 hour DJ sets and zip wire challenges. These events have supported the running of New Horizons and we would like to say thank you to everyone involved. If you want to support us by holding a fundraising event, then fill out our fundraising application Here

For more inspiration and guidance on holding a fundraising event please have a look at our fundraising booklet 

 

4 people stand in front of a DJ table A regular supporter of New Horizons Swankie DJ organised a children’s fundraising disco and managed to raise a fantastic £46.25 for us. This is just one of the many events Swankie DJ has organised in support of New Horizons.

New Horizons Charity box on table surrounded by cakes for saleMindset Gym organised a cake sale and raised an amazing £89.55 which will be used to support ongoing projects 

 

 

Here are some photos of previous fundraising activities undertaken by the many amazing supports of New Horizons 

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merthy fund raising
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