A local Essex charity got a well-deserved boost on Sunday, when The Open Arms Spiritual Haven in Grays presented a cheque for 600.00 to Thurrock MIND. The Haven, which is a modern Spiritualist centre and alternative therapy venue, has raised a total of 1000,00 for MIND since they opened six months ago, and made this latest presentation at a special evening on the 7th of December.
Service Users Manager Gerry Cook accepted the cheque, presented by the Haven’s founder, Jay Gage, and explained that it will be used for MIND’s befriending service, where volunteers provide friendship and one to one support to people in the community who maybe lonely and isolated through severe and enduring mental health problems.
The Open Arms Spiritual Haven meets every Sunday at Belmont Hall in Parker Road Grays, and presents a different clairvoyant medium each week, as well as a range of tarot and card readers, Reiki and alternative therapists, and regular Spiritual Pathway registered healers. The Haven welcomes visitors from 6.30pm each week, and entry is just £3.
Jay presenting the cheque to Gerry
The Open Arms Spiritual Haven in Grays hosted a very special evening on Sunday the 24th August, when they presented a cheque for £400.00 to local charity, Thurrock MIND.
The Haven has been open for just three months, but has already proven very successful with local people, attracting an average of 30-40 visitors a week, who enjoy a range of holistic and alternative practitioners, card readers, healers and clairvoyant mediums. The Haven is totally non-profit making, aiming purely to provide a spiritual service to local people, and where possible benefit the community on a wider basis by donating all profits to local charity.
Thurrock MIND were represented at the evening by their new Chief Executive Officer, Lynne Evans, who gave an inspirational talk on the services offered by MIND in Bridge Road, and explaining how the money raised by the Haven would go towards some much needed new seating.
Jay Gage, of Open Arms Spiritual Haven, explained “We want to be able to give back to the community by supporting local charities. At the Haven our sole aim is to provide comfort and spiritual upliftment to our visitors, and if we can take that one step further by working in the community with Thurrock MIND, we feel that our work is reaching people who may not be able to visit us. Many of us have been touched by mental illness either directly or indirectly, and we can think of no more useful purpose for our money than to support this worthwhile cause.”
Open Arms Spiritual Haven is completely non-profit making. Each week, once our hall and medium are paid for, and any minor costs (refreshments etc) are covered, all remaining money raised from the evening is put aside to be donated on a quarterly basis for charity.
Open Arms is proud to announce our support for our chosen charity, Thurrock MIND. Based in Grays, Thurrock MIND is affiliated to the National organisation that provides support to people experiencing emotional and mental distress in our community. However, they are responsible for all their own fundraising, which is why we are happy to make them our chosen charity.
Many of us have been, or know someone who has been, touched by mental health issues, and we at Open Arms feel that this is a very worthwhile organisation, and hope you will support us in raising as much money as possible for them each quarter.
The facilities provided by Thurrock Mind include : a Drop-In, Befriending Scheme, Work Training/Experience Project, Counselling and Groupwork. They also provide information and advice, and Crisis Advocacy for people in hospitals and other care environments.
Their website, for more information, is www.thurrock-community.org.uk/mind/index.htm