ROSIE Holliday, our long-serving Head Receptionist, has completed a course to enable her to become a Mental Health First Aider in her spare time for the local charity, Talking FreELY.

In the lead up to Christmas 2019, Rosie, who has worked at King’s Ely for 38 years, launched the ‘Memory Baubles Ely’ initiative to raise funds and awareness for Talking FreELY, a non-profit organisation which encourages open discussion about mental health in the Ely area.

The campaign saw members of the King’s Ely community and people from across the Ely area paying a small donation to have the names of their loved ones – be that friends, family members, pets etc – written on festive baubles, which were then hung on the large Christmas tree outside the school’s Old Palace. The initiative was a huge success, raising more than £1,800 for the charity.

After meeting Anthony Sigrist, Talking FreELY’s founder, and many of the volunteers involved, Rosie decided she wanted to support them even further.

By completing the Online Mental Health First Aid Adult Course, Rosie is now a qualified Mental Health First Aider and will be providing support at the charity’s numerous community activities which they run in the area.

Well done Rosie!

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