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15th February 2020

Star Of BBC's Love In The Countryside Is Hosting A Charity Event For Mind

BY: Ben Dain-Smith

A Vale woman who appeared on BBC Two's "Love In The Countryside" is hosting a charity event in aid of Mind, the mental health charity.

Erin Hayes, a 22 year old podiatrist appeared on the dating show last October, due to having scant time to find love around her business ventures.

Erin Hayes

When asked about her time on the show Erin said: "Love in the Countryside was a fantastic experience I was fortunate to meet many like-minded girls, all searching for love and we have made fantastic friendships."

"Although I didn’t find love in the countryside, I was very fortunate that the experience gave me the confidence I needed to take further steps to improve my life and want to raise awareness of the stigma surrounding mental health. The experience also made me realise how much there is to life and how much life has to offer, not just me but everyone."

Erin's event is a three course, black tie and evening gown Spring Ball and is being held in the Village Hotel, Whitchurch on Saturday 28th March 2020.

When asked about the reasons why she was putting on this evening Erin explained: "In January last year I had been suffering with severe mental health and depression. There were many factors that contributed to this and at the time I could not see a way out. Around that time I made a decision that could have resulted in me not being here today. When I made that decision, I was told I would have to wait two months within the Vale of Glamorgan to receive help and counselling. Fortunately, my family paid privately to ensure I received the help I needed. Had this not been the case, I would not be here to tell my story and try and help others."

She continued: "It was after Love In The Countryside aired that I felt confident enough to share my story, also confident enough to arrange something that would not only make a difference, but awareness too. As Mind the mental health charity were there for me, I therefore feel this is the least I can do to continue to ensure others receive the help they need, when they require it, not two/ three months down the line."

"This is how I came up with the idea of a black-tie charity event. Community means everything and allowing people of all ages to come together for one night, raising money and awareness for a charity close to many people’s hearts seemed like a great idea. Also, a fantastic opportunity for people to understand what the charity does."

Tickets for the Ball can be found on Eventbrite here

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