Shooting Star pledges support for mental health charity

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Shooting Star has pledged to support two Gainsborough men who have previously attempted suicide and struggled with homelessness as they set up a mental health charity.

The Bearded Fishermen Rick Roberts and Mick Leyland have been chosen as the PR and marketing agency’s Charity of the Year for 2020.

Following their own personal mental health battles, the two keen anglers realised there was a lack of support available and decided to launch their own charity in October last year.

The pair hope that working with Shooting Star over the next 12 months will enable them to raise the charity’s profile and reach more people as a result.

The agency will work for the charity on a pro bono basis throughout 2020 providing them with PR, marketing, online and event support.

“We’ve got lots planned for the Bearded Fishermen this year,” explained Rick.

“We’re hoping to organise more events, broaden our reach and further expand the services we currently offer.

“We are thrilled that the team at Shooting Star will be supporting us with future events, our first being a black-tie fundraiser we’re in the early stages of organising.”

The charity also runs a weekly ‘befriending’ support group at Connexions Community Hub in Gainsborough on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are free to drop in, speak in confidence and get help and advice on a range of issues ranging from depression to financial hardship.

Rick said: “Our dream is to own our own support hub, manned by a number of volunteers, that allows us to offer a safe space for people to visit, talk about their problems and receive the assistance they need.

“It takes a lot of courage for someone to ask for help, so we want to make ourselves as approachable as possible. Having a space of our own that allows us to offer this is our end goal.”

Jez Ashberry, Shooting Star Director, commented: “Every year we support a different local charity and try our best to help them make a difference by offering free PR and marketing support for 12 months.

“We had 33 compelling entries this year – the highest number of applications we’ve received to date! We’re delighted to be able to offer the Bearded Fishermen the support needed to help them grow, and most importantly, make a difference.

“The charity has lots of exciting ideas, activities and events planned for this year, so it will be a pleasure to assist in promoting them. We want to offer our thanks to all charities that took the time to apply this year and encourage them to try again next year.”