Last week, Mark Pawsey MP joined the Rugby McDonald’s restaurants at the launch of a week long campaign to promote The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust (CGMT) – a charity which works to preserve and protect good mental health in young people.
During the campaign the Leicester Road, Market Place, and London Road restaurants trialled a range of promotional materials to help increase public awareness around mental health.
The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust was founded in 2014 by Evan, Carol and Alastair Grant, whose son and brother Cameron tragically took his own life aged 21 after silently suffering with depression for many years. The CGMT was established in his memory, and to prevent this happening to others.
To help promote the work of charities providing mental health support, McDonald’s restaurants in Rugby had a range of material on display including drink coasters, table tent-cards, window posters and collection boxes near the tills. Information cards were also placed in all takeaway orders to ensure that as many people as possible were made aware of the support which is available.
Speaking at the launch, Mark said:
“Ensuring that those in need of support with their mental health get the help which they need is absolutely vital. I am delighted that the local McDonald’s franchises are working with the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to help young people in Rugby with their mental health and providing greater awareness of the support which is out there. Nobody should have to struggle with mental health in silence and I would encourage anyone worried about depression, anxiety or any other mental health issue to reach out to organisations such as Coventry and Warwickshire Mind or PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.”
Evan Grant, Chair, Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, commented:
“We are passionate about promoting the importance of good mental health, and highlighting local and national resources to help those with mental ill-health; there is always someone you can talk to. This is a fantastic opportunity for Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to work with Coventry & Warwickshire Mind and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide to bring this message to the McDonald’s restaurants in Rugby. Very many thanks to Glyn Pashley and his team for their enthusiastic support”
Local McDonald’s franchisee Glyn Pashley, who owns the Rugby restaurants, added:
“The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust is a great charity which looks to protect youth mental health and we are delighted to help support them. Poor mental health can affect anyone, yet there is still a stigma around these issues which prevents many from discussing it and seeking help. We hope that spreading the message and signposting support, can help promote a charity that does such a fantastic job that helps the preservation and protection of good mental health.”