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Posted on Sep 28 2022 by Fiona Bailey

Patients at a Northampton mental health charity are set to benefit from a cash injection of £2,500, which has been donated by a local company.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which has a premises on St Andrew's Road, has donated the money to St Andrew’s Healthcare on Billing Road.

The money forms part of a grant which was awarded by the Enterprise Foundation. The application for the grant was submitted by a member of staff at the company who had recognised the good work St Andrew’s Healthcare provides.

Staff at Enterprise have also committed to participating in a volunteering day to further support the charity hospital.

Sak Gill, General Manager for Enterprise in the South East UK said: “Giving back to the community has been part of the Enterprise way of life since we were established in 1957.

“In today’s world, the pace of change and uncertainty continues to accelerate. I also think the pandemic has forced us to stop and take stock of what’s really important. Now the world has opened up again and life is busier than ever, it’s vital we all look after ourselves and each other to promote good mental health. We want our staff, our local community and the people who serve those who are mentally unwell to be the best version of themselves, which is why we’ve decided to support St Andrew’s.

“Everyone should get the support they need to be their best and we hope this donation will go a little way to helping more people get the care they need. We’re thrilled to also be taking part in some volunteering at the hospital as we firmly believe it will be a meaningful and valuable activity for all our staff.”

The money will go towards purchasing entertainment resources for patients, as well as funding day trips and activities off site.

Dawn Wright, Voluntary Services Manager at St Andrew’s Healthcare, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this money which will go a long way in keeping our patients engaged in creative activities. We are also very excited to have the extra volunteering support from Enterprise. We’re confident they will find the work rewarding, as that’s what keeps our other volunteers coming back.

“But it’s our patients who are going to hugely benefit as St Andrew’s would be a very different place without the commitment that we receive from our volunteer network. There are so many ways that people can volunteer, from becoming a befriender to working at Workbridge, and I’m confident we’ll find a position to suit everyone from Enterprise. And who knows, they may want to come back!”