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Art and Soul ‘gets happy’ with release of new video

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A CHARITY supporting people with mental health issues has officially launched a video to raise awareness of the cause.

The Art and Soul Friendship Group, based in the Market Place, has had a busy week as it released its Happy video, with features ice-skaters, dancers, Tesco employees and police officers with chart-topping hit Happy, by Pharrell Williams, playing in the background.

The video is available to view through YouTube and has already had 631 views all over the world.

Vikki Baker, the charity’s senior project worker, said: “A big thanks to all that participated in the video, please continue to share the video. We would like to say a special thanks to Elliot Bell who filmed and edited the video.”

The project is available to view at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VwZYOxu7fc or through the Art and Soul Facebook page, Art and Soul – for better mental health.

Members also made their way down to the Uttoxeter Half Marathon at the weekend to support Labour parliamentary candidate Jon Wheale as he crossed the finish line to raise money for the charity.

Organisers said they intend to have a party when he calls across with his sponsorship money so he can be thanked in person by lots of grateful members who could not be there on the day.

Also the Quakers and Art and Soul garden project is now coming along with the help of Tippers who supplied the charity with sand and flag to lay the foundations for the new shed.

Mrs Baker added: “Another thanks to B.W Belcher and Son Ltd for a reduction in their cost for the fire equipment recently updated in the premises.

“Coming up next week is Mental Health Awareness Week from May 12 to 18, this is the perfect time to show the public what the charity is about and to awareness of a variety of mental health conditions and how Art and Soul can help people.”

The week will involve displays in the projects window which will be changed daily to a new mental illness, and how people may feel with this illness if they are suffering from the condition.

On Wednesday and Friday there will be silent acts performed in the street outside of the Art and Soul building showing these side effects in real life situations.

To complete the busy line-up, members of Art and Soul will also be attending the Summer Arts Festival at Ryecroft Middle School, in Rocester.

A couple of members of the charity will be performing during this event to show support and to spread the word about the organisation.

They will be joining the many other acts and events going on throughout the day on Sunday, May 18.

The festival is a free event taking place at the school from 1pm until 5.30pm and anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy some community spirit.

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