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Stephen Fry praises Veolia staff

Actor and presenter Stephen Fry has praised Veolia Environmental Services staff after they raised £80,000 for mental health charity Mind in 2011.

The company, which provides waste management and recycling services to businesses and councils across the UK, held a series of fundraising events last year.

Carol singing in Brighton, sky diving in Birmingham, and sponsored pyjama wearing in Glasgow were just some of the activities undertaken.

Veolia will receive free mental health awareness advice over the next three months in return for its support.

Fry - a former Blackadder star, and current QI presenter - is president of Mind. He said: “It’s really great to hear about Veolia Environmental Services’ tremendous support for Mind in 2011.

“Well done to all the staff who have been involved in the partnership through volunteering and fundraising. This support enables this wonderful charity to continue its vital work to help anyone who experiences a mental health problem.”

Veolia ES marketing director Kevin Hurst said: “As well as fundraising, over 300 employees have used their volunteering allowance to support Mind, which has been a positive experience for many.

“We have also been providing Mind with other pro bono support including advice on procuring stationery at competitive rates, the best way to approach an office move and an insight into how we manage sickness and absence.”

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