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Fiancé of tragic Wrexham woman helps lead support centre bid

Published date: 05 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE fiancé of a 30-year-old woman who died after years of mental health problems is spearheading a fundraising drive for a support centre.

Fiona George, of Bath Road, Wrexham, died suddenly in hospital in January.

She had suffered with mental health issues for many years.

Now her fiancé, Mark Randles, who acted as Miss George’s
full-time carer for two years before her death, wants to help fund a centre to help people in Wrexham with mental health problems.

Mr Randles, who works for mental health charity Mind, said there is already a community wellbeing centre in Mold and the aim is for a similar facility in Wrexham.

Mr Randles, 30, of Rhosddu, said the estimated costs involved would be about £80,000.

He said: “One in four people in Wrexham will experience mental or emotional distress each year. That’s more than 26,000 adults.

“We want to provide activities and services in Wrexham to help people develop the mental and emotional resilience to cope with everyday life.

“Experience shows providing information and support early on helps people recover more quickly, stay well and get on with living their lives. Our aim is to mirror the work we do in Flintshire, where we welcome people to our wellbeing centre for counselling, massage, therapy, social groups, life coaching, stress management courses, gardening, volunteering and more.”

Mr Randles said a series of fundraising events is going ahead in the push to set up a new centre in Wrexham.

Among the activities held so far have been a relay half-marathon and a sponsored ghost hunt and sleepover.

On June 20 there will be a ghost hunt and sleepover in Brecon and on August 2 a pageant modelling show will be held at Wrexham Memorial Hall.

On August 22 an ‘80s and soul night takes place at Maesgwyn on Mold Road, Wrexham.

Mr Randles said the charity was looking to raise about £40,000 in total, with the remaining funds needed coming from matchfunding sources.

“Our work will support anyone who experiences these problems, no matter what their background or economic circumstances,” he said.

Mr Randles said there had been a great deal of enthusiasm for the aim of setting up a centre in Wrexham.

Anyone who would like details can find out more by sending an email to: randles83.mr@gmail.com

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