It’s a hole new game! Golf Day raises 20k for young people’s mental health

Most people have heard of Mind, the mental health charity. But, did you know you can donate directly to local services and make change in your local community? Richard Stubbs knows all too well the massive difference that a donation to your local Mind can make. In 2021, Richard was one of two Bromley dads who very sadly lost their children to suicide. This tragic loss is all too familiar, with over 5 teenagers taking their lives each day in the UK.

Determined to do something to make a difference for other young people in their local area, Richard and Don teamed up to fundraise for South East London Mind. Thanks to them, Minds Up was born – a programme made by young people for young people to raise awareness of mental health problems, spot early signs and prevent further escalation.

Since 2021, Minds Up has reached over 5000 students – encouraging many of them to make their mental health problems known to their school and find the support they need.

Since Minds Up started in 2021, Richard and Don have been driven to keep it going. Don smashed the Royal Parks Half Marathon late last year, raising an incredible £10,000 to sustain our service and support more and more young people.

Richard’s most recent fundraising Golf Day was a huge success – even hail and wind couldn’t stop the determined spirits of 80 people. Filled with competitive spirit, auctions, and a touch of friendly rivalry, the day was a roaring success, raising around £20,000 (including gift aid).

Beyond the Green

This incredible sum isn’t just about a good game.

Richard explained: “Despite the weather, the day was a lovely tribute to Oli and I know the funds raised will be put to great use by the Minds Up project in helping ensure other children are more aware of their mental health and do not struggle like Oli did.”

Karen Taylor, Wellbeing Services Manager, South East London Mind added,“It was a privilege to be part of such an amazing day with Richard and his wonderful family. This incredible donation will help us reach more young people across SE London.”

Richard: More Than Just a Fundraiser

Beyond the impressive fundraising, Richard quietly plays another vital role. He leads peer support groups for those who’ve lost loved ones to suicide. His compassion and dedication have earned him high praise:

“Richard isn’t one to blow his own trumpet, but he also plays a really important role in our service, delivering vital peer support groups for other people who have lost loved ones to suicide. We are so grateful for the time and energy that Richard puts into his role – he’s a wonderful facilitator, and in the words of one of our clients, ‘totally the right person for this role’. Thank you, Richard!” – Amy Kirk-Smith, South East London Suicide Bereavement Service manager

Inspired to Make a Difference?

You can too! Set up your own fundraiser or contact South East London Mind to get involved. Let’s all work together to create a community where people with mental health problems feel supported and empowered to seek help.