Our mission to improve 1m Lives: moving forwards in 2020
With 2019 coming to an end, here at COUCH Health we are reflecting on the outcomes of the 1m Lives campaign so far and coming up with new ideas and exciting plans for 2020.
To date, we have improved 8375 lives since kicking off our campaign in September. Here’s a run down of the how and the who.
Our first undertaking was to all make a pledge to improve our own lives and/or the lives of others. We have also been campaigning to encourage others to do the same, and so far, 30 people have made a pledge. We will be continuing to inspire people to come up with a pledge throughout 2020 and you can expect to see updates of how ours are going (including all of the ups and downs)! If you’d like to make a pledge, click here.
The Manchester Sleepout was next in our mission to improve 1m Lives. The COUCH Health team decided to sleep on the streets for one night to raise money and awareness for the Booth Centre, who aim to bring about positive change in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Thanks to all the generous support we received, we managed to raise a total of £2,522.30 for the Booth Centre. Every £25 helps one individual to receive food, hot showers and advice this winter. This means that the money we raised supported over 100 people experiencing homelessness to get the support they need. Look out for more updates from us in 2020 as we continue striving to help tackle homelessness.
This Christmas, we have supported 12 charities who provide education, food, healthcare services, mental health support and more. By donating to these charities and helping them to provide life-changing support, we have improved 8345 lives. You can read more about our COUCH Christmas wish here.
Looking ahead to what’s next, we certainly have some exciting things in the pipeline. We have created a Research Room to find out more about issues such as stress at work, with the view of raising awareness and advising people on how to prevent or overcome workplace stress. Keep an eye out for the results of our findings in the new year as well as our next research topic. Our Ordinary Boy podcast about the life of a young boy who has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy will be enhanced to raise awareness and improve lives. We will also be working on some new creative projects that we can’t wait to share.