his festive season do something to support people living with mental health conditions.
On the 8th December a fundraiser is being held at The Ferns on Lliswerry Road for mental health charity MIND. The event is being organised by Melissa Kirk in memory of her mother, Joanne Beaumont, who took her own life after a long battle with bipolar and depression.
On Mother's Day of this year, the family's world came crashing down, as they received the news that Joanne gave up her fight against mental health and took her own life at the age of 47. Melissa said that ‘the mask was finally stripped; mental health had stolen yet another beautiful life and all that is now left is a chain of broken hearts’.
The family are organising the event and are hoping to raise £1,500 to support Newport Mind, to help local people when they most need it. They also want to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental health.
The charity night event starts at 7pm on the 8th December and tickets cost just £10 per person. Entertainment will be on offer throughout the night, along with a buffet.
There will be a raffle and auction at the event, all to raise important funds. Welsh boxer Lee Selby has already donated a signed boxing glove, while Newport County AFC has donated a signed football for the auction.
In a loving tribute to her mother, Mellissa Kirk said that everybody that knew her mother “would have known her as a the beautiful, bubbly, loud and out-going person that she was, but under that mask she fought a daily battle that nobody saw”.
You can purchase tickets to the fundraising event by contacting organiser Melissa Kirk, on 07564674893.
Alongside the charity event, the organisers have also set up a JustGiving page to help towards their fundraising target. Over £250 has already been raised for Newport Mind. You can donate online today by visiting the page.