Sixth Form students from the Friary School Interact Club worked hard to help raise awareness during Mental Health Week. Supported by Rotarians from the Lichfield St Chad Rotary Club, students put on a range of fundraising events to raise money for ‘Mind’. During the week there were cake sales and bingo that enabled students to not only purchase a commemorative tree but also make a donation of £100 to the charity.

Harry Barton, Year 13 Senior Student and the outgoing Chair of The Friary Interact Club said: “When we chose our charities this year, it was so important for us to choose a charity that helps to raise awareness and support those people who suffer with mental health issues. We hear so much about how people’s lives can be affected by this, especially children and it’s important we are able to talk about mental health openly and support each other”.

In order to commemorate ‘Mental Health Week’ and the mental health of all of the young people that will pass through our school, the Interact Club have planted a tree. The tree is prominently placed where students regularly pass during their free time in school and will have a plaque kindly donated by the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad.

David Cross, Chairman of the Lichfield St Chad Rotary Club was there for the planting of the tree and said “ This is a thoughtful gesture that has been put forward by the Interact Club. They should be proud of their hard work and their efforts to promote mental health and wellbeing for generations to come”.