Fundraising for Fortis makes a real difference

Fortis Therapy and Training has been able to support people who are struggling and could not access support during the pandemic, thanks to a brilliant fundraising effort from a local businesswoman.

Funds have been raised. (Stock image)

An online fundraising page was launched by fellow business-woman Jayne O’Flynn, from Driver Hire Grimsby and Scunthorpe, with the aim of raising £10,000 so that hundreds of critical front-line workers and vulnerable people in Louth and the surrounding area can access therapy without any charge.

Jayne said: “Many people in our community are worried about their jobs, their homes and their futures and need support, and our fundraising will allow them to access the help and support they need at no cost to them.

“By raising £10,000, the Driver Hire Grimsby and Scunthorpe team can help those in our community who are suffering with their mental and physical health as a result of Covid-19 to access Fortis’s therapy services.”

The managing director of Fortis, Alexis Powell-Howard, said: “During Covid-19, we have been supporting our community in whatever way we can and we are aware of increasing concerns about the impact that the current situation is having on mental health, with increased anxiety, depression, trauma responses and impacts on relationships and worries about the future.

“We want to support those people who cannot access therapy, either due to cost, not meeting the thresholds of services, or who are key working and who are struggling.

“This money will enable us to remove one of the barriers to asking for help.

“Thank you to Jayne O’Flynn who has been very generous in starting this campaign, and working hard to raise £3,450 in 
just a few weeks.

“A positive we can take from the coronavirus pandemic is seeing just how supportive, kind and proactive the people in our communities are.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to the campaign should visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fortistherapyandtraining.

• Fortis would also like to reiterate their thanks to Wilko for providing a generous supply of anti-bacterial wipes.