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Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors ran their first Health and Wellbeing week to raise awareness around World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2018. The firm’s mental health and wellbeing initiative focused on a range of activities that happened across both offices, encouraging staff to eat healthily, relax, keep active, socialise, build relationships across the firm and work together as a team.

As part of the Health and Wellbeing week partners and staff took part in a three day static cyclothon to see how far they could cycle as a team and managed to cycle an impressive 614.13 kilometers whilst raising money for their chosen charity, Youth Talk. The firm also organised an optional introductory running club to encourage staff to be active. Other activities included dinner followed by the St Albans Ghost and Ghouls Walk and a healthy breakfast organised by staff. Debenhams Ottaway were also joined by Lisa Maton from Greenwood Natural Therapies, who offered a range of relaxing treatments for their staff.

Managing Partner, Susan Glenholme comments: “I was delighted to see so many of our staff getting involved and working together on this initiative. It was great to receive such positive feedback both internally and externally, and gives us all a great opportunity to get to know others across the firm and build relationships. Mental health and well-being is a topic that needs to be promoted, talked about, and thought about in all workplaces. It is one that affects all workers and all workplaces, across all industries. At Debenhams Ottaway, we are committed to looking after the needs of our staff to ensure that they are in the best position to look after their clients”.

Debenhams Ottaway raised over £250 this week for Youth Talk, the charity chosen by their staff, who offer a counselling service available for 13-25 year olds who live, work or attend school in the District of St Albans and surrounding areas.

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