Fun and the serious business of raising money for worthy causes are always a winning combination. In this case, it’s time to wear strange, whacky or fun shoes for a day. To what purpose? Well, walking of course. At least that’s the advice of the campaign we’ll be raising funds for: St Patrick’s Hospital’s Walk in My Shoes. It’s a campaign that aims to raise not just money but awareness for mental health.
And speaking of awareness, what is the connection between St Patrick’s and the author of Gulliver’s Travels? It’s that Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral founded St. Patrick’s Hospital over 260 years ago, because he recognised that people with mental illness needed a specialist service to provide care, treatment and a voice. And today that hospital is Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health service.
That voice is still needed today. This is a cause where awareness is as important as funds. That’s something that we have come to realise applies to a number of causes we help: many of those behind them would like their work to be understood as much as they would like funds to be raised. And we’re delighted to help — and to ask people not just to get involved but to find out more. And you can — at St Patrick’s Hospital’s website.