In memory of Anthony.
Tuesday 3rd June 2014 16:00 Community News Posted by Anna Fletcher

Seddon Donna

A new charity shop has opened its doors in Ashton to raise money and awareness for mental health in Tameside.

Fabulata Designs on Stamford Street has been opened by Donna Thomas through the Anthony Seddon Fund.

The move comes a year after she ran a market stall every Sunday with the help of her family selling second hand goods to raise money for charity.

Anthony was Donna’s son, who tragically took his own life last Easter after being diagnosed as Bipolar just after his 18th birthday.

Donna said: “He became really ill very quickly. Talking to his friends at the funeral, they’d obviously all grown up with him and they started to say a few things that I’d never heard about.

“When he was 18 they had begun to see a few things that weren’t’ quite right.”

Donna went along to Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind to ask them if they could help with fundraising.

The charity were in the process of carrying out a pilot project at West Hill School in Stalybridge, going in to talk to pupils abut mental health issues and then offering counselling where appropriate, signposting pupils and encouraging them to talk to people if they were worried about themselves or family members.

Donna and her family are particularly passionate about educating young people around mental health, the motto of the charity being ‘Young Minds Matter’.

Donna said: “We thought that it was absolutely fantastic and was just the thing that we’d been talking about doing, so we set about fundraising every Sunday on the market, which was usually myself and my sister and sometimes other family members.

More on this story in this week’s (29th May) Tameside Reporter out now.