Left to right: Dee Swinton, marketing manager, Dorset Mind; David Gough, operations director, The Stable; and Abigail Perry, PR and marketing manager, The Stable


Cider and pizza restaurant chain, The Stable, has handed over £3,000 raised for Dorset Mind over the Christmas period.

The sum comprised money the company would have spent on Christmas crackers and party hats for its large party bookings.

Fuller’s, which owns 76% of The Stable, matched the money raised to make a total donation of £6,000.

The Stable was founded in Bridport and chose Dorset Mind as its charity partner in March 2017. Since then, it has been donating and hosting events to raise funds. Each of The Stable’s 17 locations has paired up with a branch of Mind and aims to help make a difference to the on-going mental health campaigns and support services.

Proud of partnership

David Gough, operations director of The Stable, said: “People are becoming more aware about issues surrounding mental health, and rightly so. I’m delighted to work with Mind, to not only raise money, but awareness too.

“As a business with young team members and young customers, I hope this partnership means we encourage young people to fight the taboo surrounding mental health and get people talking to each other about these serious issues.

“I’m really proud of this partnership and am looking forward to seeing where it will take us. We’ve already got some great fundraising initiatives in place, and I’m excited to be working closely with the teams at Mind branches across the country, to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Marianne Storey, chief executive of Dorset Mind, said: “We’re very grateful for this kind donation — it’s great that people were prepared to forego a cheap joke for a serious subject. Our partnership with The Stable is something I’m very excited about. It’s a great to work with a company founded in Dorset, but who can also support other Mind branches across the country.”