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Josh Farmer, Alex Foster and Jessica Warnes who formed a strong friendship when they joined Richard Huish College are working together to raise money for Young Minds, a charity who support young people with their mental health.

The students wanted to support the charity as they recognise the importance of mental health and how many people across the nation have struggled with theirs throughout the lockdown. Josh had his own difficulties throughout his teenage years following the loss of his father to suicide and felt an affinity to the work of Young Minds.

To raise funds, Josh canvassed local businesses imploring them to donate prizes for a charity raffle and to purchase tickets. Prizes include; My Pure P1 water filtration unit worth over £400 courtesy of Brita, 3 month Nuffield Health Gym Membership, Everyone Active Activity Passes (Mini Golf, High Ropes, Family Swims), meal for two and a bottle of wine at Ask Italian, Lipofirm PRO treatment voucher worth £100 courtesy of Amie’s Salon, £48 Medusa’s Hair Salon voucher, 2 x Severn Mudrun entries, £25 Saltrock Gift Card, free MOT courtesy of Goddard and Family Garage Services, Court Farm Family Voucher, Seaton Tramway ticket, Family Hot Dog Bundle courtesy of Hot Sausage Co., 2 x Berry’s Superfast return tickets to London and much more.

The trio, who all study Vocational Popular Music and Music Production Extended Diploma at Huish will also be starring in a public gig at The David Hall in South Petherton on Thursday 27th May to raise awareness of the Young Minds charity. Alongside their performance, they hope to boost sales of raffle tickets ahead of the draw on Friday 28th May 2021. All proceeds from the raffle will go to Young Minds and so far, selling tickets at £2 each, they have raised over £1,200. If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/close-and-personal-raffle-2021.