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Following the success of last year’s silent auction which raised over £5000 for local mental health charity West Kent Mind, this year the team are hoping that the auction will be even bigger and better than before.

The benefit of a silent auction is that it can run across a whole week, allowing people to dip in and out and receive notifications they have been outbid on a lot. This makes for a very exciting last day of bidding as some fantastic prizes such a stay in a Spanish villa, and private time in a recording studio changed hands several times last year before being claimed by the eventual highest bidder!

The support received from local businesses and individuals last year was amazing with a whole host of exciting prizes donated. The team at West Kent Mind are once again appealing to the local community to donate some fabulous prizes, with 100% of the profits raised going towards helping local people to get well, stay well and thrive.

Fundraising Manager Kate Barnes said:

We are looking for fantastic prizes that will generate interest, excitement and most importantly bids! This could be weekend getaways, spa packages, golf memberships, home or car services, jewellery, signed sports memorabilia, VIP event tickets and experiences. Anything that you think would make a fabulous prize!  Our thanks to our sponsors Burtons Solicitors, Sevenoaks Plans and Hilden Park Accountants for supporting this year’s auction.”

Anyone who wishes to donate a prize can email [email protected].

Why support West Kent Mind?

In the first year of the pandemic West Kent Mind saw increases in demand to its services of around 40% – as more people reached out for one to one and group support than ever before. This demand continues to rise and in these challenging times, the impacts on mental health are significant. Last year the charity delivered over 3000 counselling sessions with over 2000 attendances at social activity groups and provided a wide range of specialist support programmes including money advice, parental support, a supported living scheme, Life Skills, and an online crisis café.

Despite the increased demand, funding to continue this essential work has been harder to come by. The charity relies on the generosity of the local community supporting through fundraising activities, challenges and events and every single penny of every pound makes a difference to support local people facing emotional crises experiencing mental ill health.

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