Chartered accountants PKF Francis Clark’s Truro office, located in Cornwall, raised a total of £6,255.42 for The Invictus Trust in 2018.
The charity offers support and services to local teenagers who are suffering from poor mental health and associated issues. PKF Francis Clark’s Truro team raised the money through a variety of fundraising activities including cake sales, dress-down days and an inter-office mileage challenge.
Founded in January 2010, the Invictus Trust is dedicated to the memory of Ben Cowburn, described as a “wonderfully vibrant” young man whose struggle with mental health issues had “tragic consequences”. The charity is named after a poem that inspired Ben, written by Ernest Henley and used by Nelson Mandela as a source of strength during his jail sentence on Robben Island.
Steve Cowburn, Trustee at The Invictus Trust, said: “We’re very grateful to PKF Francis Clark’s Truro team for their impressive fundraising efforts for us in 2018.
“Their generous contribution will enable us to contribute to an innovative Virtual Reality project, which is investigating whether VR can help young people who are struggling with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and self-harm.”
He added: “This will be run in the new Sowenna unit that we have been campaigning for since 2011. The unit will mean that Cornish young people will not have to travel out of county for their care. So far Invictus has contributed £62,000 to Sowenna.”
Scott Bentley, Partner at PKF Francis Clark, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to help The Invictus Trust with their fundraising. Steve and the team undertake hugely important work to help raise awareness and prevent the tragic outcomes that can occur when mental health support is not made available for young people who need it.”
Jenna Richardson, Truro Health and Wellbeing Champion at PKF Francis Clark, said: “Our fundraising for The Invictus Trust was a real team effort, and everyone at the Truro office should be proud of the contribution they have made.”