De Montfort University’s (DMU) Law Society members is aiming to raise money and awareness for mental health by holding a bake sale tomorrow (Wed, Feb 7).
The bake sale will be held in the Hugh Aston building atrium between 9am and 4pm and will be open to everyone.
At its last bake sale, the Law Society raised £70 for Amnesty International, due to generous donations.
This time, it is aiming to raise at least £60 for mental health charity, Mind.
Second year Law student and Charity Secretary for the society, Rhys Tilsley, 19, said: “It is important for us to raise money for charity. I feel that if we don’t do it, chances are that no one else will.
“It is not just about buying cake and raising money for the charity. Although raising money for charity is important and will help them, it is primarily about raising awareness.
“The purpose of law is to protect and help people, and this feeds into the Law Society’s values and ideologies.”
Mental health issues in first year university students has risen by 500 per cent since 2007 and 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health globally.
The Law Society asked lots of people to help them by baking some cakes and also by raising awareness about the bake sale and mental health issues.
The bake sale was turned into a community effort when they asked for help and people answered. The society also messaged lecturers to read out in classes about the event, to make sure that everybody knew about it and to ensure maximum turn-out.
Mind is a mental health charity that seeks to assist any and all affected by such issues. It provides services and helplines for confidential advice and support. One of its core principles is to promote awareness for and understanding about mental health.