Therapy pets and stop smoking advice was among the stalls at a successful wellbeing fayre in March

Rhiannon Eggelton having her nails painted by Sonya Rix from Hair & Beauty at The College Of West An

Rhiannon Eggelton having her nails painted by Sonya Rix from Hair & Beauty at The College Of West Anglia - Credit: Archant

A charity that raises awareness and provides support to people suffering mental health issues held a wellbeing fayre in March.

Steve Tibbs from Camquit

Steve Tibbs from Camquit - Credit: Archant

Richmond Fellowship held the fair to tie in with world mental health day.

The charity event had stalls, tea and cakes and a raffle with prizes donated by shops in the town.

The fellowship is a specialist provider of mental health services that has pioneered a belief in social inclusion and recovery for more than 55 years and is now one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health care in England.

A spokesman for Richmond Fellowship said: “The people we support are central to everything we do. We believe that each person is unique and should have the opportunity to take control over their life and to develop new meanings and purposes.

Christine Jones with Meg from PAT (Pets As Therapy)

Christine Jones with Meg from PAT (Pets As Therapy) - Credit: Archant


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“We concentrate on the person and their individual needs, choices and aspirations, rather than on diagnostic categories or labels.

“We enable people to actively take part in decisions about their support and have as much control over this support as possible, helping them achieve new levels of self-confidence and independence.”

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Some of the stalls on offer were the College Of West Anglia with pupils from the hair and beauty department offering free nail painting and hair styling lessons.

Camquit was on hand to offer support on quitting smoking for Stoptober.

Cambridgeshire Fire And Rescue was on hand giving out advice on fire safety in the work place and the home.

PAT (Pets As Therapy) stopped by with Meg the dog explaining how people can volunteer with their own dogs to go out into the community to visit hospitals and schools with pupils with learning disabilities to meet friendly dogs.

Every Ones Health was their to offer healthy eating and some health tests.

Other stalls for people to try had colouring books for adults and reiki.

The star of the whole show was local dog celebrity Harley the hairy biker.

The event was organised by Rachel Theobald and Hayley White from Richmond Fellowship.

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