‘Coldtober’ raises €93k for Helplink services

Helplink are delighted to announce that their second national fundraising campaign, Coldtober has raised over €93,000! #Coldtober is a national sea swimming fundraising challenge for the month of October, where each day almost 500 participants across Ireland go for a sea swim in their local area, or have a 30 second cold shower, to help meet our mission; for children, young people and adults to achieve and maintain positive mental health.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our participants who got involved, to everyone who donated, held a coffee morning or fundraiser, and those of you who supported us on social media, and also to our sponsor Portwest Ireland. The campaign has raised vital funds and awareness for our mental health services that are needed now more than ever.

Founder & CEO of Helplink Mental Health Lochlann Scott says;

“When we launched Coldtober last year we were hoping for around 100 people to take up the challenge. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect nearly 500 people from across 21 counties to take up the challenge! People’s generosity is just amazing and because of that generosity we are in an even better position to continue to enhance and expand the mental health services we offer to children, young people and adults 7 days a week.”

Fundraising & Marketing Manager Ruth Mc Court says;

“I’m over the moon with the reach #Coldtober received this year, we had participants take part from Australia, Germany, the UK, and Ireland. We were also delighted to be asked to film a sea-swimming feature for RTE programme; RTE Today with James Patrice which we received excellent exposure of our services from!”