Johnny’s Happy Place is a Community Interest Company that was set up by the Mackay family, in memory of their son Johnny, who sadly took his own life in 2014. Johnny’s kind spirit lives on through the café which supports young people with mental health issues in Kettering and across Northamptonshire.
Louise Tyler, Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors had the pleasure of meeting the Mackay family after Johnny MacKay’s untimely death and was delighted to present a cheque of £800 to Johnny’s Happy Place. Louise said, “The café is such a wonderful idea, recognising there is a real need for young people with mental health issues to have a safe environment to attend that is warm hearted, supportive and friendly. Wilson Browne is really pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile and much-needed facility.”
The donation was made via The Wilson Browne Kettering Community Fund, which is in turn managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
Johnny’s sister, Charlotte Mackay was delighted to receive the donation, “We are incredibly grateful to Wilson Browne Solicitors for choosing to donate such a wonderful sum of money to Johnny’s Happy Place. The café space is entirely staffed by volunteers which allows all monies raised and donated to fund important services such as arts and craft sessions and counselling; both of which we have as drop in services on Saturday afternoons. We run as a ‘pay what you can’ café space which means we rarely make the cost of the food back but we feel it is important that everyone, no matter what their financial situation should be fed and watered. All donations enable us to carry on this vital service.”
Naomi Butters, Fund Development Manager added “We are pleased to manage the delivery of this fund which is supporting ground-breaking community projects like Johnny’s Happy Place, in the Kettering area. We hope it will spur other businesses on to supporting the Foundation.”