Paint it Purple ideas - please reuse and recycle...

As we all like to share and care at Sussex Partnership Trust, here are the events that were put on last year by our magnificent fundraisers and supporters. A huge thank you to you all! Remember, anything you do, no matter how small, makes a huge difference!

Bake sales galore

Last year, if you were after some cakes, cakes were what you got! There were bake sales at (brace yourselves): Selden Centre, both the IT and Finance departments at Swandean, Aldrington House, CAMHS Hastings at St. Anne’s, the Specialist Older Adults Mental Health service, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, and various Clinical Commissioning Groups across East and West Sussex. Who doesn’t love a bake sale?

Getting sporty

Fortunately, there was some physical activity to counteract the collective cake eating! Horsham ATS ran the equivalent of two marathons as a team, whilst Harris and Hoole employees ran a relay race between their two coffee shops in Chichester.

Purple mufti days

Lots of places wore purple to mark the day, including St Phillips Catholic Primary School, St Michael's CE Primary School, Roedean Moira House, Heron Park Primary Academy, Eastbourne & Oakwood Primary Academy, and Taylorcocks Accountants. If you are very dedicated, you could dye your hair purple too, just like Fiz from Heads On!

Get crafty

Chalkhill Hospital in Haywards Heath held a charity afternoon, in which they sold the items that students had made or printed in the weeks prior to the event. This included t-shirts, cushions, bags, bathbombs and cakes (see below).

Beechwood Unit at Uckfield Hospital staged a purple-themed tea party, preparing for this event by having purple-themed craft sessions. They also did a purple-themed photobooth with lots of different purple props.

Presents and pamper activities

In Millview Hospital, purple presents were delivered to staff and patients on the wards, and purple smoothies were available in the purple-decorated reception.

Alongside an amazing purple picnic (see picture below), Meadowfield held a purple pamper activity for patients and staff on the wards.

Raising awareness

Paint it Purple is not just about raising money. Anything that raises mental health awareness or acknowledges World Mental Health Day is also important. Selden Centre displayed messages of hope and posed for photos in hold-up frames.

For the older children at Heron Park and Eastbourne & Oakwood Primary Academies, there was an assembly about mental health, followed by in-class discussions. At St. Michael’s, they began the day with a whole school yoga session, then walked a ‘daily mile’, both linking physical health to mental health. This was followed by a whole school mindfulness session (see picture below). Taylorcocks Accountants promoted mental wellbeing at work using the 5 steps to mental wellbeing. Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital set up an information stand, providing leaflets and signposting for the public as well as staff.

 

As you can see, you don’t need to do much to make a real difference. Feel free to recycle these ideas, or come up with your own! Make sure to let us know what you are up to, so that we can assist you and provide you with collection boxes etc. Post your photos of the day on Facebook or Twitter, using #paintitpurple. Once again, thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do it without you.

How you can help

Whether you make a donation, attend an event or fundraise for us, every penny will help make life better for people with mental health problems.