Money in £15k mental health fund is waiting to be unlocked

November 30, 2020

THE chairman of a charitable foundation today called upon organisations and charities that deliver mental health or wellbeing support services to unlock funds in a £15k cashpot.

John Hornby, who heads the Hornby Foundation, says funds are ready to be transferred to projects making a tangible difference to mental health in the community.

The money was donated to the foundation earlier this year by JF Hornby and Co when managing director Paul Hornby was moved to take action after hearing first hand how Covid-19 and lockdown had affected the mental health of some of his firm’s clients.

He also witnessed his own team tackle challenging work-life balances head-on as they battled to keep on top of a surge in workload brought about by lockdown and furlough related demand.

John, who founded JF Hornby and Co more than 25 years ago, said: “The Hornby Foundation exists to do good in the communities that are served by our business.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the mental health of many people; it’s something we read about in the news and reflect upon weekly.

“There are so many reasons why somebody might suffer mental ill health and in many cases, the support is not there because of underfunding or a lack of infrastructure.

“We have no illusions that the £15k we have set aside will lead to wholesale changes - but it can and will make a difference to projects existing or proposed - that are in need of funding to reach and support more people.”

Lockdown had a major impact on the UK's mental health, including increased rates of suicidal thoughts, according to research published by the University of Glasgow.

Experts examined the effects of Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic, discovering that certain groups were particularly at risk, including young people and women.

The study found suicidal thoughts increased from 8% to 10% and they were highest among young adults (18-29 years), rising from 12.5% to 14%.

In a separate study, published in medical journal, The Lancet, 18 per cent of COVID-19 patients were found to have developed a mental health issue — like depression, anxiety, or dementia — within three months of diagnosis.

John said: “The figures make for very sober reading. I know there are some excellent initiatives in the area and we are really keen to help. The only caveat is that any grant must be used to deliver tangible support to people who are suffering.”

The Hornby Foundation was set up in 2015. So far, it has distributed in excess of £100,000 to more than 50 local charities, good causes and community groups.

While applications for grants are usually invited on a quarterly basis, charities can now apply immediately for funding.

To access an application form for the Hornby Foundation, please visit:

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