It’s OK To Say: St Albans wine fair raises awareness of mental health initiative
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Wine lovers raised a glass to better mental health at an autumn tasting event in St Albans.
The annual Flagship Wines autumn wine fair, which took place at St Saviour's Church in Sandpit Lane, selected It's OK To Say as the chosen charity for the night.
Founder Stacey Turner was there to support the evening and explain to the audience about the campaign's goals of raising awareness of mental health issues and the support available.
Flagship Wines owner Julia Jenkins said: "Our annual wine fair is a big event in our diary and that of my customers.
"It is a fun social event with over 80 wines, gins, Champagnes, Madeiras and ports to taste with experts and a winemaker or two on hand to chat about their wines with Christmas gift ideas and many special offers too. Many of the wines are new to our range and were complemented by delicious food from Lobster Pot Catering.
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"We always choose a local charity to support and a few weeks ago after I had a very lucky meeting with Stacey we are proud to be supporting It's OK To Say. We raised £300 at the wine fair from generous donations from our guests when tasting a special wine donated by our kind suppliers."
Stacey added: "St Saviour's Church was the perfect location offering a warm and inviting atmosphere filled with tables of many different tastings available, even an orange wine - that's a new one on me!
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"Once I introduced myself and It's OK To Say, I had the opportunity to meet many of the suppliers providing a little more information to aid their gifted charity bottle. I spoke to many of the customers happily chatting openly about mental health and I was embraced with such emotion at times.
"I was thrilled people were coming up not only speaking of their stories, but sharing their concern for someone close.
"The £300 raised on the evening is going to make such a difference in helping drive many plans forward to reach and support more and more people. It is very exciting to have Julia's support and through that, I was contacted in the days following the event with words of encouragement and offers of help. The evening itself was a huge success, however the lasting impact even greater."
If you would like to support It's OK To Say and help make a difference within our community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org