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Putting our MINDs Together – guest blog by raffle founder Jamie Burton

When I first thought of the idea of raising funds by-way-of a Raffle for the Campaign I had no idea I would end up where I am now with over £3,000 raised, Youth Ambassador for the Jack Leslie Campaign itself and having talked to some of my favourite footballers.

Now in a time where festive giving is at its most important, a time where we need to look out for each other, I am pleased to announce that the Jack Leslie Raffle has partnered with Mind’s Devon Branch and will be splitting the funds of the Argyle-Edition Christmas Special Raffle between the Campaign and Mind.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They routinely campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind, the Campaign Team and myself at the Raffle strongly believe that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone especially in a time of lockdowns and social distancing coming up to the Christmas Period.

It is for those reasons that I proposed to founders Greg and Matt that we do our part to help the Community, Club and City where Jack played and was tragically told he would be denied his chance to play for England as England’s first black player. There was an instant agreement that this would be an excellent plan; from that agreement I got in contact with Andre Pusey, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at Devon Mind, to speak to him about the Raffle and express our support for Mind. 

The Jack Leslie Campaign is a fantastic cause, and we’re honoured and grateful to be a part of it through the Christmas raffle. Equality and diversity are huge priorities for Devon Mind right now, and we are exploring ways in which we can better ensure that our support services reach those groups disproportionately affected by mental health problems. The campaign’s support of the charity will contribute to our efforts in this area.” – Andre Pusey, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at Devon Mind.

After finalising the details, I messaged our expert graphic and image designer James Curno, known as MayflowerD7, who has been excellent in both creating eye-catching images and graphics for the Campaign and Raffle – even creating postcards which we gave out at our workshop at The Box! He began creating the designs which you’ll see throughout the time the Argyle-Edition Christmas Special Raffle tickets are on sale for.

Which brings us here! Although I don’t want to reveal too much just yet about prizes I can say there will be over 5 Argyle-Themed Prizes including signed shirts and gaming gifts that can be won when the Raffle is launched over @LeslieRaffle on Twitter on the 9th December – so go drop a follow to keep updated!