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Perspective helps local projects during COVID-19

Perspective Financial Group Ltd (Perspective), the leading national financial planning firm, has assisted several local projects near its network of offices during COVID-19.

They include:

Mind and Sole, Alnwick, Northumberland

Mind and Sole encourages people living with mental health issues to get outside and take part in gentle exercise including walking and wild swimming in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and coastline. These regular activities encourage people to eat more healthily, keep within a routine and sleep better, all assisting them with the road to recovery.

Based in Alnwick, near Perspective’s largest office in Newcastle upon Tyne with 18 advisers and 60 staff, Mind and Sole was set up by Chrissy Smith in 2017. Last year she leased premises in the centre of Alnwick to give space to set up a digital skill training facility, run social activities and provide one-on- one support. Chrissy Smith, founder of Mind and Sole said:

“Covid has increased the demand for what we do in our local community. This very generous and timely donation from Perspective will help us expand the range of services we offer including building people’s digital skills. Thank you.”

Alnwick Support Group, The Compassionate Friends, North Northumberland

After losing her son Dylan aged 33 from accidental drowning in Oxford five years ago, Maggie Pinsent was moved to start a new support group for bereaved parents in her new local area of Northumberland.

She and her husband arrived in North Northumberland in 2019 just prior to Covid and, while Zoom meetings organised through The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a charity for bereaved parents run by bereaved parents, have provided an invaluable mechanism for keeping in touch with others, it became clear that a face-to-face group was also necessary for the northern area of the county. The closest group to Maggie, and where she gets her support, is in Hexham a round trip of almost 70 miles.

The new support group will be based at Mind and Sole’s premises in Alnwick, with sessions running monthly from February 2022 facilitated by Maggie who said:

“Meeting other bereaved parents, being able to talk with others who truly understand, is an essential part of our bereavement journey. I am so grateful to Perspective for this practical and generous help.”

Pathways4All, Newcastle upon Tyne

Perspective has been a close supporter of Pathways4All for many years. As a parent-led charity, it provides play and leisure services for disabled children and young people, supporting them and their families across Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Country Durham, Teesside and Cumbria.

At their tenth annual fundraising ball in 2021, Perspective’s Chief Executive Ian Wilkinson and his guests raised over £25k, almost half the total on the night. Lynn McManus, founder said:

“Ian’s support at the 2021 ball, like in many previous years, has made such a massive difference to all the families that attend our centre, now over a thousand! I simply can’t thank Perspective enough for their continued support and the wonderful way in which they champion our charity.”