Lindsays supports SAMH as part of Van Gogh exhibition fundraiser 

The VanGoghAlive Immersive Sunflower Room. (Photo: Richard Blake)

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SCOTTISH Law firm Lindsays is helping to promote a showcase of young artists in support of a mental health charity as part of the acclaimed Van Gogh Alive exhibition in Edinburgh.

The Capital-headquartered legal firm is sponsoring a special event being held by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) at the Festival Square attraction.

It will see artwork created by schoolchildren auctioned in support of its We Won’t Wait campaign, which is targeting immediate action to create the mental health services needed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event, taking place on June 23, is part of a wider partnership between the exhibition and the charity.

Lindsays is proud to have been closely connected with SAMH for many years, supporting the charity in a number of ways, including promoting positive mental health in the workplace.

Lindsays’ Chairman Peter Tweedie said: “We are delighted to be partnering with SAMH to support the work it is doing with the team behind Van Gogh Alive, not just to raise funds to aid the charity’s work, but to highlight important issues surrounding mental health. The auction promises to be a great fundraiser. I’m sure the art will be amazing and the bids generous.”

“We work hard to create a healthy workplace for our colleagues and work with our clients to help them achieve the same. Encouraging positive mental health – and taking steps to support colleagues when they need it – is something we urge every employer to have front-and-centre. It has never been more important.”

“The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated issues for some people, so events like this which highlight the support available are vital. To be working alongside one of Scotland’s leading charities as part of this exciting exhibition is a real pleasure.”

Much of the facts of Van Gogh’s life and inspirations behind his work are the stuff of legend, but the deeply human nature of the many struggles he suffered throughout his life are only now being truly understood.

The ongoing partnership seeks to raise money to help SAMH do its vital work, while bringing mental health to the forefront of audiences’ minds when reflecting on the Van Gogh Alive experience.

Lindsays has previously worked closely with SAMH on workplace events, through staff fundraising and volunteering, as well as highlighting the benefits of sport and exercise on mental wellbeing.

SAMH is one of Scotland’s leading charities which has been operating for almost 100 years. The organisation aims to end stigmas surrounding mental health, providing support, awareness and help to those in need. SAMH offers a comprehensive programme of support and services for adults and young people.

Billy Watson, Chief Executive of SAMH, said: “We’re delighted Lindsays is joining with Van Gogh Alive to support SAMH.”

“The money raised from this event will help us be there to provide support to those in our communities who need it most.”

Created and produced by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive is a multi-sensory celebration of one of the world’s most enduring artists. It is open until July 17. For more information visit https://vangoghaliveuk.com/edinburgh/

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