Staff and patients were the winning team in a charity cricket tournament that brought together those from across the Thames Valley to raise awareness for mental health conditions.

Oxford Health’s team took part in Sport in Mind’s annual cricket tournament at Windsor Cricket Club – narrowly beating Reading to secure the trophy.

The game encouraged Oxford Health staff and patients to meet and play alongside neighbouring teams whilst demonstrating the positive impact of sport on the lives of people experiencing mental health conditions.

Steve Bell, occupational therapist with the trust, said: “It was extremely positive to see a team include individuals with learning difficulties and people with mental health issues work closely together.”

One of the players, Oxford Health service user Charlie, said: “Playing in this event has been a great experience and helped me build confidence and meet new people. I can’t wait until next year’s tournament.”

Sport in Mind is a nationally acclaimed Berkshire mental health charity that uses sport to promote mental wellbeing and help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health conditions.

As part of its drive to raise awareness of mental health and provide people experiencing mental health conditions the opportunity to engage in physical activity, Sport in Mind organises a cricket tournament, now in its seventh year.

With the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle, players from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Response took to the field on Monday 4th September at Windsor Cricket Club for a fun, yet competitive day of cricket.

Sport in Mind founder, Neil Harris, who attended the event, said: “We are thrilled at the success of the tournament yet again this year and we’d like to thank everyone who took part as they were the ones that made the day so special.”

The tournament took place in conjunction with the English and Welsh Cricket Board and Performance Cricket.

Oxford Health will shortly be working with Sport in Mind once more, to enhance the sport and physical opportunities for people experiencing mental health problems in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.