Beckenham business makes single largest corporate donation to BLG Mind

A Beckenham-based publishing company has made the largest single donation BLG Mind has ever received from a local business.

Black Knight Media raised more than £14,000 through an auction organised by the firm’s co-owner, Justin Lawson, at a corporate awards event in November 2021. Justin donated 85 per cent of the money raised, or £12,100, to BLG Mind, with the rest going to local sports clubs, including Beckenham Town Junior Football Club.

Justin from Black Knight Media presenting Charlotte from BLG Mind with a cheque
Justin presents the fundraising cheque to BLG Mind Head of Development, Charlotte

Justin said they wanted to “give back to the community” by donating to a mental health charity and local sports clubs.

He said: “Having lived in the area for close to 20 years, I know the great work local charities can do, and mental health and wellbeing issues are something I have first-hand knowledge of, both through tackling them myself and supporting people with them. BLG Mind was a perfect fit and it will not be the last time we support this fantastic organisation.”

The money was raised through auctioning sports memorabilia and holidays at the event. The lots included a week’s holiday in Florida, and merchandise donated by Premier League football clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal, Cardiff, Swansea and Crystal Palace.

Charlotte Fletcher, Head of Development for BLG Mind, said: “The difference this donation will make to the support we can offer local people living with mental health issues is considerable.

Justin at the awards ceremony

“I cannot emphasise enough how grateful we are to Justin and the team at Black Knight Media for entrusting us to use this money for the good of the community.”

Black Knight Media’s fund-raising efforts aren’t over yet. Justin is planning to raise more money for local charities and community groups at his firm’s next event in June this year.

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