In support of local Barnsley charity, MAT.
Cheryl is a Care Professional at Home Instead Barnsley and, recently, she has decided to take on the challenge of a skydive in order to raise money and awareness for mental health, following the passing of her close friend, Mathew.
She hopes to donate the money to a local charity in Barnsley, MAT Charity, in order to enable them to continue the work they do in supporting the community. At Home Instead, we wanted to speak with Cheryl and shine a light on this initiative, showing how incredible our caregiver workforce really is.
MAT Charity is a charity based in Barnsley that was formed after the passing of Mathew Fullerton, Cheryl’s close friend. The organisation was created in 2021 by Mathew’s mum, Susan, in memory of Mathew after he sadly took his own life in October 2020, having struggled with his mental health for quite a while.
Mental health is a subject that has always had a stigma attached to it, particularly for the elder generation and males – with around three quarters of suicides in England and Wales being males. By coming together to keep Mathew’s legacy alive in a time of grieving, the team at MAT have truly created something special; forming a ‘safehouse’ team for anyone and everyone who may be struggling with their mental health and simply just need to talk.
For Cheryl, it’s all about advocating for MAT to carry on doing the work they do. As relatively new and small charity, it feels more personal to her.
Since Mathew’s passing, Cheryl and Mathew’s family have all become much more conscious of mental health in their fellow friends and family. For Cheryl, this has also been reflected in her role as a Care Professional, taking more time to ask clients if they’re ok and, most importantly, taking action when she notices something’s up.
Companionship care for elders and vulnerable adults is especially important when it comes to mental health, an important part of our service involves our Care Professionals providing companionship to older clients to enable them to remain happy in their own homes for as long as possible.