Builders behind new Hartlepool housing scheme support mental health charity
Developers of a new housing scheme in Hartlepool have made a sizeable donation to help tackle mental health issues which have increased during the pandemic.
Housebuilder Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes North East, which has a development at Elwick Gardens on the outskirts of town, has given £1,000 to Hartlepool and East Durham Mind.
The developers said they are keen to support Mind in breaking down the stigma around mental health within the community.
It follows reports an estimated 19% of people aged 16 and over in Hartlepool have experienced mental health issues including anxiety and depression.
Iain Caldwell, the chief executive officer of Hartlepool and East Durham Mind, based in Tees Street, said: “We are extremely grateful to Barratt Developments for their generous donation.
"Covid-19 has had a large impact on our local community, and as more individuals are reaching out for support, it is crucial that we have the resources in place to help those that need it.
"This donation will make a large difference in ensuring that our support and services are accessible throughout Hartlepool and East Durham.”
The £1,000 donation was made via Barratt’s monthly Community Fund initiative to support local charities and organisations in areas where they are building.
Gill Hurst, sales manager at Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes’ Elwick Gardens, said: “We are really pleased to hear that our donation to Hartlepool and East Durham Mind will help them to continue supporting the local community, and those who are in need of their assistance.
"Mind are an incredible local charity, and we encourage anyone who is struggling with their mental health, to reach out for assistance and support.
"We hope that our Community Fund donation will help to make a positive impact on the organisation and the local community that it serves.”
Elwick Gardens is located on land between Elwick Road and Worset Lane with a new access created off Naisberry Park’s Reedston Road.
The homes are part of the larger Quarry Farm developments.
In addition to the Community Fund initiative, the development is said to provide over £3.4m in developer contributions to the local area including over £2 million to improve roads, more than £1 million for recreational facilities and over £600,000 to support education.
For more information about Hartlepool and East Durham Mind, visit www.hartlepoolmind.co.uk