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Personal loss sees RDS Global show support for charity

Derby-based Chamber patron RDS Global, a provider of IT solutions to organisations of all sizes and sectors nationwide, has thrown its support around national charity CALM.

It comes following the death of Managing Director Phil Harvey’s son Matthew, who committed suicide last year.

In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. More specifically, the number of suicides among male armed forces, of which Matthew was a member, was 292 between 1998 and 2017.

CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) is dedicated to helping prevent male suicide - especially among those under 25 – and also works to break down the stigma associated with mental health.

Phil said: “The loss of Matthew has affected me and my family greatly and while we can’t bring him back, we can cherish his memory while helping raise awareness of the devastating impact mental health can have, especially on young people.

“The team at RDS Global have been incredibly supportive and – inspired by my daughter Natalie who recently raised over £1,000 by taking part in a skydive – we look forward to raising money and awareness for the fantastic job CALM does in the months and years to come.”

As well as Natalie’s skydive, RDS Global recently hosted a Charity Auction Night at the White Swan in Littleover raising a further £2400 for CALMS, with more events in the pipeline.

For news on upcoming fundraising events throughout the year, visit www.rds-global.com