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A host of industry names including DoorCo, the Residence Collection, Starglaze and Glazerite supported a recent charity ball in aid of We Mind & Kelly Matters (WM&KM). Founded by former Glazerite UK Group chairman, John Hewitt, WM&KM seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues and support those who have been bereaved by suicide. 

The Pink Tie Ball was held at the Wicksteed Park venue in Kettering, Northamptonshire, with over 430 party goers enjoying an evening of food, live music, an auction and a fundraising raffle. The Residence Collection, DoorCo, Starglaze, and Glazerite provided sponsorship of the drinks reception and table wine for the event, with the total figure raised through the event reaching an incredible £13,000 for the charity.

John Hewitt co-hosted the event with Glazerite East Managing Director, Matthew Thomas, with both sharing anecdotes from their 2020 ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ cycle ride. As the charity’s biggest fundraiser to date, Kelly’s Heroes saw a 12-strong team cycle the 1000-mile route from John O’Groats to Land’s End, raising an incredible £130,000. The money raised has since been used by WM&KM to roll out much-needed mental health support services across the Northamptonshire area, including counselling, support groups, and a Live Chat service. 

John says: “We’re delighted with the success of our first ever Pink Tie Ball, and the support we had from our sponsors was hugely appreciated. Peers from across our wonderful and extremely generous industry have supported We Mind & Kelly Matters right from the start, and we’re grateful that the charity can continue to provide services that support those who are struggling with their mental health, as well as those who have been bereaved by suicide. 

“We’ve got another huge fundraising event planned for later this year, and we’re looking forward to sharing this with our supporters in the industry soon.”


Editors notes

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd is one of the largest fabricators of VEKA UK Group products, servicing trade installers for domestic and commercial installations across the UK. Glazerite combines the delivery of high-quality products, exceptional customer service and manufacturing expertise with unrivalled business support packages tailored to meet the needs of its installer partners. Headquartered in Wellingborough, Northants, the fabricator has a 3500 frames per week capacity and employs 270 people across its sites in Peterborough, Bristol, Bolton and Wellingborough.

We Mind & Kelly Matters

We Mind & Kelly Matters is a registered charity 1182625. It was set up in loving memory of Kelly Hewitt who ended her own life on 18th December 2018 after a short battle with anxiety and depression.

Kelly's Heroes at Pink Tie Ball.jpg

Kelly's Heroes at Pink Tie Ball.jpg