Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind

Registered Charity Number 1102815

Total raised
£1506.40 + £175.35 Gift Aid = £1681.75
+ £166.60 Gift Aid
+ £8.75 Gift Aid

About Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind

Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind is a registered charity (1102815) that was formally known as Pontypool Mind and was established in 1986. Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind is affiliated to National Mind which is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.

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GHC vs H4H - Hockey Marathon World Record Attempt

We are Gwent Hockey Club and Hockey For Heroes. Over the Easter weekend, Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 2020, we will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the longest continuous hockey match at Cwmbran Stadium.
The current record stands at a little over 56 hours; we are aiming for at least 60 hours! It will be a tough challenge, with 16 players per team, and only a 5 minute break per hour of play. Players will not be able to leave the pitch except during designated break periods for the duration of the event – between 9am Friday and 9pm Sunday we will be eating and sleeping on the edge of the pitch.
It'll be tough, but with your help we can do it.
Our CharitiesAll the pain will be worth it to support our two charities – Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind, and Help For Heroes via Hockey for Heroes.
Using Hockey as their sport to help, the Hockey for Heroes team work to raise funds for Help for Heroes, with their efforts dating back to 2012 and encompassing a mixture of exceptional physical exertion combined with playing hockey. Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have put on 350 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports. The work that Help for Heroes is doing in Sports Recovery is only made possible through donations from supporters. Without you, the varied and essential sports recovery programme wouldn’t exist so thank you.
Help for Heroes raise money to help our injured and fallen Heroes, and run a series of recovery centres across the country.
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind (first established as Pontypool Mind in 1986) is affiliated to National Mind which is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Mind works nationally to ensure that everyone has access to the mental heath information, support and services that they need. Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind works across Torfaen and more recently Blaenau Gwent to promote and support better mental health and wellbeing, providing services such as drop-in centres, counselling services, support to the homeless and training to promote mental health awareness as well as provide people with the tools to help improve mental health in their community. To find out more please go to

About us
Gwent Hockey Club are based at Cwmbran Stadium, and formed from the former Newport HC and Cwmbran HC. Consisting of Senior Mens and Ladies sides as well as an extremely strong Youth section, we are one of the biggest clubs in south-east Wales.
Using Hockey as their sport to help, the Hockey for Heroes team work to raise funds for Help for Heroes, with their efforts dating back to 2012 and encompassing a mixture of exceptional physical exertion combined with playing hockey. The Hockey for Heroes squad comprises a number of Military and Ex-Military personnel who all rally for this same cause.
Please note Although the fundraising page shows donations as going to Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind, all donations will be split equally with Hockey for Heroes after the completion of the event. Unfortunately it is not possible to set up split donation pages at the moment, however Mind have kindly agreed to take care of the admin to enable us to support both charities.
No expenses for undertaking the event are being deducted from the donations made on this page - 100% of your donation is going to the two named charities.

GHC and H4H Alec Gibson

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by running the Cardiff Half Marathon on 6th October 2019

On Sunday 6th October 2019, I will be participating in the Cardiff Half Marathon and in doing so, I will be fundraising for a cause that is very dear to my heart.
In July 2017, I was admitted to the Priory Hospital in Bristol to receive inpatient treatment for depression, anxiety and OCD – conditions which I have suffered with throughout my entire adult life.
Despite my very best efforts at the time, I simply could not cope with living with such a debilitating series of mental illnesses for a day longer and was on the verge of committing suicide.
Fortunately, with the support of my family, friends and mental health professionals – I was able to make progress and begin the process of re-building my life again.
For so many years, I was determined to hide the severity of my illness from others. I didn’t think anybody would understand what I was going through and I was terrified of being labelled as weak.
I thought that by shielding my illness from others, I was protecting myself. The reality was that it made me even more vulnerable and defenceless. I just didn’t realise it at the time.
It has been two years since I was admitted to hospital and I have learned a great deal since that time. I now understand any mental health condition can be treated and seeking help in times of need is not a weakness, but a sign of immense strength and courage.
Quite simply, without the support I received from those who cared for me – I absolutely would not be here today.
My story is not unique and there are many people who too are living with a mental health condition, who are dependent on the kindness of others and the resources of mental health organisations to help them work through the challenges they face on a daily basis.
There has never been a greater need for mental health services to be made available to the public, however cuts to local authority spending mean that charities are more stretched for resources than ever before.
Because of this, I will be fundraising for Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind in the hope that a significant amount of money can be generated to help the charity continue to provide its essential services to those in the greatest need of assistance.
Despite having served the community for the previous 35 years, Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind will no longer be providing Supporting People Services in Torfaen after a tendering exercise performed by Torfaen County Borough Council resulted in the services transferring to another provider.
The services affected include Floating Support, Supported Housing, their Short-Term Empowerment Project, the Homeless/Vulnerable Males Project and the Mental Health and Housing Drop-in Surgery.
This means that in order to continue to provide others essential services, Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind is more reliant on donations than ever before.
It is vital that the people of Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent have the opportunity to receive help whenever they need it and this can be made possible through your generosity.
I would be most grateful for your donations and assistance in raising awareness for what is an immensely worthy cause.
With my sincerest thanks,
Ben Jeffreys.

Ben Jeffreys

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