Hundreds of pounds raised to help charity

Youngsters have helped raise money for a mental health charity that supports their peers.

Members of North Tyneside Council’s young cabinet worked to raise the funds for a mental health charity centred around young people.

I’m delighted that we, as young people, are able to work together and contribute to a cause as great as YoungMinds

Abbie Armstrong, current Young Mayor

Youth councillors took part in a raffle, community beetle drive and tombola to raise £400 for the charity ‘YoungMinds’.

The events were organised by former young mayor and youth councillor Allen Oghene, who also presented the cheque to YoungMinds’ north east regional officer Yvonne Collings.

The youth councillors chose to donate to YoungMinds to coincide with their own campaign aiming to improve mental health education in schools around the borough.

Abbie Armstrong, current young mayor, said: “I’m delighted that we, as young people, are able to work together and contribute to a cause as great as YoungMinds.

“The charity does a great job in offering support to young people with emotional or mental health problems.”

YoungMinds provide expert knowledge on mental health through free, confidential parent help lines, offering professional training and ensuring that mental health issues are placed firmly on the public and political agenda.

A letter from chief executive, Sarah Brennan, has thanked the cabinet for their donation and said it will help them to continue their work improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people.