The first “Mental Health Pub Quiz” was a success and raised over £25,000 on Monday the 21st of January for local charities Leeds Mind and The Market Place.

Our MD, Jonathan Morgan that founded the event with Paula Dillon, partner at Womble Bond Dickinson and Richard Lewis, formerly of Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) says we were in no doubt that the event would generate huge interest and we are delighted to have reached full capacity of 250 people for the night. According to MIND, 1 in 4 people are currently suffering from depression or anxiety and over 11% of the NHS budget is spent on mental health. We recognise that this has significant implications for Leeds and we want to do all we can to support those who are struggling by raising awareness.

The quiz was held at The Old Bar in Leeds University Union on what is known as ‘Blue Monday.’ Gary Hetherington, Chief Executive of Leeds Rhinos was our quiz-master and he managed to keep the room in order. Folk and jazz music kept our guests entertained as Mambo Jambo performed for everybody. There were some wonderful prizes for our guests to win such as a Pork Pie for 12, a box of Monster Munch and a box at The Arena.

We are delighted to announce that our winner was Fore Consulting and joint second place went to Walker Morris and TCS.

All profits will be shared equally between local mental health charities, Leeds Mind and The Market Place.

Leeds Mind (http://www.leedsmind.org.uk/) promotes positive Mental Health and well-being. It offers services such as counselling, group therapy, social support, peer support, housing support, and suicide bereavement support.

The money raised for Leeds Mind can be put towards a number of things such as the following:

  • £10 can fund a place on group counselling sessions
  • £30 could fund an hour of Counselling
  • £5 could fund a place in a group ‘wellbeing session’
  • £500 could fund a volunteer’s expenses for a year
  • £15,000 pays for 1-2-1 key working support for a year
  • £1.50 could pay for ingredients to take part in our peer support cooking group

The Market Place offers space, time and information to young people to help them feel safe and secure in their lives and to feel good about themselves. https://www.themarketplaceleeds.org.uk/