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Oxfordshire Mind recently celebrated half a century of helping those experiencing mental health issues. For over 50 years it has strived to gain support and respect for everyone affected, to promote understanding and to challenge stigmatisation related to mental health. They actively work to spread the importance of community and mutual support to residents in and around Oxfordshire.

Mind offer a place of comfort and support for those that need it during some of the most difficult times. The festive period can be one of the most challenging times for those suffering with Mental Health and Wellbeing issues living in remote areas.

Smeg has teamed together with the Oxfordshire Mind Abingdon Wellbeing Hub during this festive season and has supplied a new multicavity range cooker with a state of the art induction hob top. This will provide the much-needed capacity to cook Christmas lunches for all its residents and hopefully many more meals to come throughout the coming years. Along with Smeg, local business were involved in the making of the Christmas dinner. A local turkey farm kindly supplied the turkey, Waitrose supplied the mince pies and desserts and a dedicated team of volunteers from the local army barracks all came together and served the Christmas dinner, as well as sharing their time with those who need it most.

Scott Quinnell, former Welsh rugby player and Smeg ambassador, also joined Smeg and the team of army volunteers at Oxfordshire Mind’s Abingdon Mind hub to help serve over 60 delicious Christmas lunches to its local residents.

Over the past year alone, Oxfordshire Mind has housed and supported 117 local residents; taken almost 9,300 calls and enquiries within its information service; helped over 1,729 people to cope and keep well through options services, educational and coping skills courses and peer support groups; supported 876 people through benefits advice casework and achieved a 51.6% patient recovery rate within its psychological therapy service.

In the past, Smeg has undertaken charity initiatives for Action Medical Research, Abingdon School by working alongisde young minds to support its Young Enterprise project and SeeSaw, which provides bereavement support for young children in the Oxfordshire area. Smeg's flagship retail store on Regent Street St James's recently worked with the Royal British Legion. 

Speaking of the partnership with Oxfordshire Mind, Smeg UK MD Mike Giddings commented: “As a company we are incredibly passionate about giving back to the local community; we very much consider ourselves a family and this remains a core part of our ethos. We feel privileged to be working with a charity performing such outstanding work as Mind on its upcoming Christmas dinner appeal. We simply had to help when we heard serving dinner for 60 rested on it”.

Oxfordshire Mind CEO Dan Knowles also stated: “Every year the Abingdon Wellbeing Hub hosts a Christmas dinner for the local community. This brings together our Partners, Staff, Service Users, Volunteers and Peer Supports. This year we are so grateful to have Smeg, our lead charity partner, providing state of the art cooking appliances. This support has allowed the Abingdon Wellbeing Hub to continue its tradition of cooking this community focused lunch around the festive period. The Christmas meal will provide support to many who struggle over the Christmas dinner.”