Staff at Russell WBHO sites in the North West are lending their support to a local mental health charity. Sean’s Place was set up in memory of Sean Maloney, a young Liverpool man who suffered with mental health problems and who died by suicide in 2019.
Sean’s brother-in-law Tony Rogers is leading a team riding 500km in 48 hours in July in an attempt to raise £5,000 for the charity set up by his wife Debbie, Sean’s sister, to help support men who are going through tough times. The charity provides fun group activities like football, gym training, cooking, guitar and photography classes for men where they can make friends, enjoy themselves and get access to structured emotional support.
Tony is currently working at Russell WBHO’s new Clayton Hotel project in Portland Street in Manchester as a mechanical engineering sub-contractor for A&B Engineering Services. He approached construction manager Liam Jones, who is also one of Russell WBHO’s Mental Health First Aiders, seeking support for a fundraising box in the staff canteen.
Liam said: “Sean’s Place is an amazing charity doing fantastic work in the community, and we are very happy to lend our support. We also want to help Tony and Debbie to raise awareness of their charity and encourage anyone who is struggling to ask for help.
“At the end of Men’s Health Week, this is the ideal opportunity to publicise those organisations which are working hard to help provide support like this. As a company we work with the construction charity The Lighthouse Club to highlight issues and the help which is available in the battle against, primarily, male suicide.”
In addition to supporting the fundraising, the company will display the Sean’s Place posters at the Municipal Buildings project in Liverpool city centre, to promote the charity’s programme of activities within the local area.
Tony said: “We’re really grateful for the support we’ve had from Russells and everyone who has donated to the fundraising campaign. It’s almost two years since we lost Sean and the charity set up in his honour is really making an amazing difference to men in our local community. We know that our approach is working, that the help we provide makes a genuine difference, and hopefully this extra money will allow us to expand that support even further and help even more men who are suffering before it is too late.”