When I initially became aware of Group Hug, it was in its absolute infancy. The idea had been hatched and the direction was now being thrashed out.
I knew from these early days speaking with Jonathan- Group Hug was going to fly. Mental Health is a hot topic and the Group Hug App was going to help so many people in need at the touch of a button.
Fast forward a few very busy months (with Covid-19 playing a part) and fundraising became priority to get the app off the ground and live. A Group Hug card was designed, made and distribution began in earnest in the Yorkshire Dales.
I took a few batches of cards to see how they might be received in Beverley and the East Yorkshire area and the response has been nothing short of amazing! I asked a few local businesses to display them in their shops and without exception they have risen to the challenge and done this with gusto. Despite people’s own stresses and worries throughout this year they have still dug deep to support this cause.
Mental health awareness has risen recently in all groups in society due to Covid-19 and I think this has made Group Hug even more relevant. Some of the people who I’ve spoken to when distributing cards have opened up and chatted honestly about their experiences with Mental Health- it being an issue close and relevant to so many.
What the coming year will bring worldwide, we don’t know, but I do know the people of Beverley and East Yorkshire have been absolutely amazing and they will continue to support Group Hug and it will absolutely continue to grow…
Beverley, North Yorkshire