Rainbow 88's Linda Lam with Beacon's Fundraiser, Joanne Watson

£38,558 raised as Mayor’s Charity

As Mayors Charity 2020-21, with the fantastic support of Cllr Dean Fitzpatrick, an incredible £38,558 has been raised to support Beacon’s services.

Lisa Peasey, Adults Service Manager at Beacon Counselling


With the incredible efforts of 45 brave individuals taking  on the Stopford House abseil in April, the Great Stockport Business Quiz virtually hosted by The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Eamonn O’Neal, in March, the amazing evening of entertainment with Linda Lam at Rainbow 88 in May,  and the incredible support of Stockport businesses, Stockport Area Committees and Stockport Cllrs  in which donations and grants were made to support the campaign – a huge thank you!

We’d also like thank Music Magpie, Stockport Homes, Nexperia, BASF, CDL, and Rowlinson Construction for their incredible ongoing efforts in supporting this campaign over the last few months.

“It was an honour to have supported Beacon Counselling, particularly in this year where their work has been more essential than ever. Beacon counselling provides invaluable support for people across our borough and beyond over the past year. I’m thrilled that this event was able to contribute to raising money for this brilliant cause – mental health matters to everyone.” said Cllr Dean Fitzpatrick.

Joanne Watson, Fundraiser said: “What an incredible effort from everyone involved.  We would particularly like to thank Cllr Dean Fitzpatrick for the incredible determination and ongoing support as his chosen charity as Mayor of Stockport in this extremely challenging year. Without his support Beacon would not be in the position to help more people that we are now. We are forever grateful. “

Cllr Dean Fitzpatrick as Mayor of Stockport 2020-21 with Beacon CEO, James, Harper

With the pandemic and lockdowns through 2020-21 putting many people into complete isolation, this has consequently put huge pressure on mental health.

Beacon adapted by switching to a remote service to continue therapy without pause and our essential therapy services have continued throughout all stages of the pandemic in response to the emerging mental health crisis for Stockport and surrounding residents.

In 2020, Beacon Counselling delivered 12,103 appointments to 1909 individuals including within 29 schools.

Local services are under pressure and the impact of the pandemic remains, with the impact on mental health growing every week. Beacon has a clear role to play in this, and with the support of the Mayors Charity Funds in 2021, we will continue our response by increasing mental health support to children & young people, providing additional free support for adults who are out of work or have a disability and  continuing our journey towards digital.

James Harper, CEO at Beacon Counselling, said: “As a country we are facing an unprecedented challenge to mental health…we know that more people are experiencing poor mental health. This is a normal response to extraordinary circumstances and it is normal to need extra support at times. “

Beacon Counselling are here to help; to book an appointment call 0161 440 0055.


Cllr Dean Fitzpatrick as Mayor of Stockport 2020-21 with Beacon CEO, James, Harper





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