Mind in Haringey London Royal Parks Half Marathon 2015
Mind in Haringey is seeking runners for the London Royal Parks Half Marathon 2015
Mind in Haringey is seeking runners for the London Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise much-needed funds for local mental health services.
On Sunday October 11th 2015, the recruits will join more than 16,000 others in what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most scenic half marathons. The 13.1 mile route passes some of London’s most iconic landmarks while taking in the greenery of the city’s beautiful Royal Parks.
Mind in Haringey has been supporting anyone affected by a mental health problem since 1974. However, the charity has endured severe public funding cuts in recent years and is increasingly dependent on donations from the general public.
In its 40th anniversary year, the charity is scaling up its fundraising efforts to address growing demand for its services. In June, for example, sponsored volunteers will be descending the 33-story Broadgate Tower in the City – the highest civilian abseil in the UK.
Anita Hudson, Mind in Haringey’s chief executive, said:
“One in four of us face some kind of mental health problem every year, including many young people. We provide help through counselling and a range of other key services. Funds raised by our runners will enable us to keep these vital services going and assist more Haringey residents.”
Sarah Burden, Mind in Haringey’s head of fundraising, said:
“We’ve twice entered teams for this half marathon, and had fantastic feedback from our runners. It’s a great opportunity to experience the very best of London at running pace and raise money for a worthy cause.”
The charity has 30 places for this event. Register now to avoid disappointment.
About Mind in Haringey
1) Mind in Haringey was formed in 1974, initially as a Sunday lunch club run by volunteers so that people experiencing a mental health problem had somewhere to socialise.
Since then, we have grown into a valued community asset which provides high quality services to local residents affected by mental ill health, their families, carers and friends. We work to prevent mental health problems, promote mental wellbeing and ensure those experiencing a problem are respected and included in our local community.
Current services include counselling (daytime and evening), BME advocacy, a financial resilience project, and well being and recovery activities. These services are all offered on a regular (weekly) basis. Since 2012, we have also delivered the Emotional Support Project supporting young people in and leaving care.
While we are affiliated to the national campaigning charity, Mind, we have to raise the funds ourselves for any services we offer. We are an independent charity, not a branch of the national charity. This year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary.
2) Mental health in Haringey
Haringey has the 3rd highest rate of psychotic disorder in London. The use of inpatient services for severe mental illness in Haringey is 60% higher than the average for England .
3) The Half Marathon entry fee for individuals is £30, with participants expected to raise at least £350 each for Mind in Haringey.