19th December 2023

Santa Southby Fundraises for Charity when he took part in the DBMax Christmas 10km race at Westonbirt. The fancy dress was in aid of Swindon & Gloucestershire MIND.

Dave (30) who lives in Wroughton, joined a few other Santas and many others who all took part in the event. They ran a circuit around the National Arboretum near Tetbury (December 10). Dave has raised over £250 with this latest event. Thus bringing his total fund-raising so far for the charity to over £1,100 during 2023. He still plans to keep on raising money until the end of the year.

Santa Southby Fundraises for Charity -Dave Southby of Dave Southby Financial Planning at the end of the 10km Santa Run where he was fund-raising for Swindon & Gloucestershire MIND. He’s pictured with his wife Bex (left) and friend Stacey (right).
Santa Southby Fundraises for Charity -Dave Southby of Dave Southby Financial Planning at the end of the 10km Santa Run where he was fund-raising for Swindon & Gloucestershire MIND. He’s pictured with his wife Bex (left) and friend Stacey (right).

Hot work

Taking part in the Santa fun run was somewhat less fun when I realised how hot I was going to be in my Santa suit! After about 1km I realised it was going to be a hell of a challenge to get around the course! But I kept going.’

Dave chose Swindon & Gloucestershire MIND as his charitable partner for 2023 as the charity had supported a close friend through a difficult time.

Their work is vital even though you hope you’ll never need their support. My friend reached out in a time of crisis and they were there – and both of us will be grateful for that. I’m pleased to say that friend is now in a much better and happier place in his life.’

Vital need

Fundraising is vital for Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind. Its services are costly yet needed. At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year. One in six people report a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression.

Locally, at least 12% (approximately, 27,600 people) of the population in Swindon and 11% (approximately, 70,000) of the population in Gloucestershire experience a common mental health problem.

For one member of staff to answer calls on the charity’s Mind Line service costs £140 per day. And for seven days per week, it costs £348,251 per year to keep the lines manned. 

To fund the charity’s Wellbeing Day services Monday to Friday, providing face-to-face and group support in the community, costs £967.08 per day.

‘I’d like to thank every individual who has supported my fundraising efforts this year. Giving back is very important to me. It’s something I’ll continue to do as I grow my business within the Swindon and Wiltshire community,’ Dave said.

Dave is a partner with St James’ Place and helps individuals, families and small business owners to manage their wealth in an effective way. He specialises in working with people who live in Swindon and North Wiltshire. To find out more about visit https://davesouthbyfp.co.uk/ or to make a last minute donation visit http://bit.ly/3uZsNgn

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