We were delighted to be chosen by Wythenshawe-based data centre operator, TeleData, to receive 100 copies of a specially produced Manchester-themed colouring book recently. The high-quality books are aimed at teens and adults.
The books feature images taken by local photographer, Shiraz Anwar, of iconic Manchester landmarks, which were turned into colourable illustrations as part of a Colouring For Good initiative to promote mindfulness as a route to improved mental health
Through the collaboration, TeleData purchased 100 of the colouring books produced by Shiraz Anwar, from which 50% of the price was donated to the We Love Mcr charity, which works to improve the lives and life chances of Mancunians and their communities.
Photographer Shiraz Anwar commented; “I wanted to put together a project in which I could use my work for good, supporting the community with the help of a local business. By collaborating with TeleData we have been able to support two organisations simultaneously – Manchester Health Academy and We Love Mcr, and we hope that given the success of this project, we can work together again in the future to the benefit of other local charities and community groups.”
Helen Walker, SENCO at Manchester Health Academy said: “Manchester Health Academy’s student body includes a high proportion of SEN and disadvantaged students, with whom we work hard on personal development, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness and positive mindset play a big part in education, particularly at the moment, and there are many students who will benefit from this type of relaxation therapy, which has been proven to reduce anxieties and promote positivity. We were delighted to receive the books and thank TeleData for their kind donation.”
Matt Edgley, director for TeleData added; “Helping the local community, whether that be charities, schools or other organisations on our doorstep is definitely a priority for us, and we were excited by this creative and innovative way of supporting local people through colouring. I hope that the students enjoy the books and can really benefit from the respite that colouring can bring – particularly as students continue to face disruptions and uncertainty around both their school and home lives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re hoping to roll out similar projects in the future which will enable us to reach as many local community initiatives as possible.”
Based in Wythenshawe close to Airport City, TeleData is a data centre facility offering colocation, cloud hosting and data centre services to businesses across the UK.