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Sport In Mind receive donation from Royals

Community Shield sees local charity receive funds

22 May 2019

Reading FC have donated £2,000 to local charity, Sport In Mind, as part of a fund created by the FA Community Shield.

In total, 124 clubs in England are awarded money each season to be distributed to up to three local charities, with the Royals opting for Sport In Mind as their choice for 2018-19.

While their influence has now spread across the south of England, Sport In Mind are an independent mental health charity that were founded in Berkshire in 2010.

Their mission is to: "Improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity."

The charity were presented with their £2,000 cheque at half time during the season's final match, at home to Birmingham City, and that amount of money will go a way to support their development.

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Sport In Mind's mission statement online reads:

"We are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS in order to promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

"Our services have supported over 10,000 people experiencing mental health problems and are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals.

"Our work is delivered to support the recovery of people with mental health problems in the community and also inpatient care as we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity irrespective of how unwell they are.

"Sport in Mind is passionate about raising awareness of mental health problems and the benefits of being physically active. There are still many common misconceptions about mental illness in society today and we use the power of sport to bring people together to talk about mental health and change attitudes."

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