Mind BLMK has received £5,000 to fund a trained practitioner to teach Mindfulness to their users in Bedfordshire to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Mind BLMK offers a range of services aimed at promoting mental health recovery, wellbeing and independence. The grant will fund a practitioner trained in Mindfulness to help their service users to reduce stress and maintain good mental health.

Alison Fisher at Mind BLMK said: “Mind BLMK is pleased to be able to offer Mindfulness courses, with the support of the Santander Foundation. This will enable us to increase our range of services to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Central Bedfordshire.”

Kim Rowe, Branch Manager at Santander’s Dunstable branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Mind BLMK, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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Note to Editors
In 2014 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK.

Media Contact
Sarah Webster at Santander      Tel: 020 7756 5533
Hannah Meara at Mind BLMK      Tel: 015 2572 2228

About Mind BLMK

Mind BLMK offers a range of services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes aimed at meeting individual needs and promoting mental health recovery, wellbeing and independence. They promote and protect people with mental health problems and assist in the development of people with mental ill health by provisions of support, advice and other services. For more information please visit: www.mind-blmk.org.uk

About Santander

The Santander Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2014, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2015, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 900 branches and 68 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.