January 2021] Innovative lighting specialist, WILA Lighting, announces its charity of choice for 2022 and donates a total of £3360 to a local mental health charity.
Giving back to the local community underpins WILA Lighting’s corporate culture. At the start of each year, employees decide by committee which local charity will receive its support for the year ahead.
In 2021, the WILA Lighting team focused on raising funds to support Oxfordshire Mind, a local mental health charity. Oxfordshire Mind is there to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support, helping over 30,000 people with mental health challenges each year.
September saw five of the team undertake the WILA Lighting Ltd Chiltern 50 Mile Hike. Other events included a fundraising day in October, with a bake sale, raffle, and tombola. The combined efforts raised a generous £3,360, which will go towards helping those affected by mental health issues.
This year employees have voted to support Helen and Douglas House, a home from home for local terminally ill children and their families. It provides round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment.
Matt Vogel, Chief Executive Officer at WILA Lighting, commented: “Mental health is something we take very seriously at WILA, and it is our absolute privilege to support a charity which helps promote better mental health locally. Oxfordshire Mind provides services including housing, talking therapies, benefits advice, a confidential and free information line, courses (such as ‘practical ways to wellbeing’), physical activity programmes, volunteering opportunities – and they facilitate over 60 peer-support groups each week.
This year we will focus on another worthy cause, Helen and Douglas House. The death of a child is heart breaking for all involved; the organisation needs to raise £3.6 million each year to care for local terminally ill children and help families cope with that devastation. It will be an honour to contribute even a small portion towards that cost.
It is a great feeling to give back to the most vulnerable in our local community; it is also the perfect excuse to unite as a team away from our laptops.”