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Fix Auto UK has one hundred reasons to celebrate … with the network this week recording its 100th individual to successfully complete its Mental Health First Aid England course.

The milestone has been completed less than 18 months after the network became the first in the industry to launch the unique initiative, its aim to ensure every Franchise Partner within its repairer network will have at least two qualified Mental Health First Aiders on site along with ensuring all within its Head Office team are qualified too.

While affiliated to Mental Health First Aid England, the two-day courses are effectively ‘in-house’ and are overseen by Carl Norton, Fix Auto UK’s Regional Business Manager supporting its repairers in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland who became a qualified Mental Health First Aider trainer to coincide with the launch of the scheme.

Shortly after the latest course was completed, Carl commented: “This is an extremely proud day for me, personally, and for the network. To have 100 successfully qualified Mental Health First Aiders in less than 18 months is beyond all my expectations when we started this journey to ensure everyone within the network has access to support.

“But this really is just the start. The course is gaining momentum with our Franchise Partners and will only accelerate. The feedback from those who have attended has been incredible. I have had several first aiders come to me after completing the course with what can only be described as ‘success’ stories whereby individuals within their teams have directly approached them for help and support.”

Fix Auto UK’s Managing Director Ian Pugh, added: “This is not justabout duty of care. It runs far deeper. It is often said being part of Fix Auto UK is being part of a family and family members look out for each other and that is exactly what we’re doing. We are extremely fortunate to have Carl on board. He is so passionate about the subject which is so prevalent today. Having 100 successful candidates passing through our course in less that 18 months is a magnificent achievement.”

Caption: One hundred reasons to celebrate… Fix Auto UK’s ‘resident’ Mental Health support expert Carl Norton who this week successfully saw his 100th candidate successful gain their Mental Health England First Aider certificate.

Caption: Fix Auto UK’s Mental Health First Aider’s class of September who had cause to celebrate after the initiative funded by Fix Auto UK saw its 100th candidate successfully achieve their Mental Health First Aider certificate.
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Notes to Editors:
· Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 925 bodyshops.
· Fix Auto UK carries out more than 150,000 body repairs per year for leading motor insurance companies, fleets, and retail customers.
· Fix Auto UK, Lyndale House, Harcourt Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1WL. Tel: 0116 3265401.
· Fix Auto UK’s Portfolio of wholly owned repair centres comprises Fix Auto Daventry, Fix Auto Colwyn Bay, Fix Auto Barnsley, Fix Auto Crawley, Fix Auto Paignton, Fix Auto Liverpool South, Fix Auto Castleford, Fix Auto Newport and Fix Auto Henley-on-Thames. The Network also holds a majority share in Fix Auto Goole and Fix Auto Cheltenham.
Please Note: For further information please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596. Email: mrichards@fixauto.co.uk