Nope, this is not my grand return to blogging I’m sorry to say. Buuut, this felt too important, and topical, to not put a brief post up about it. So here goes, I’m oiling the rusty cogs and remembering what it’s like to create a post again all in the name of raising a lil bit of money…
This month I am going to run 100 kilometres for a mental health charity. Yep, one hundred. And I’m fundraising for it. If that’s all you need to hear and you would like to contribute (thank you thank you thank you) then please head on over to my JustGiving page.
And for those of you interested in a little more detail… I’m taking part in RED January, a campaign which encourages participants to get active every single day of January to support their own mental health with the option to also fundraise for Mind, one of the most prominent mental health charities out there.
I stumbled across all of this a couple of days ago and as soon as I read up on it I knew I had to take part – I was looking for motivation to get me out running again while it’s still cold and dark (and frankly unappealing) outside, and one thing I feel extremely passionate about (probably pretty obvious if you’ve read my blog before) is being part of the fight to improve both individuals’ mental health and the services some rely on for support when facing problems with their wellbeing. A reason to exercise combined with fundraising for a mental health charity seemed like a pretty good way to achieve several goals at once.
As some of you may know, I have struggled with my mental health over the years, particularly with anxiety. I understand just how debilitating and isolating facing mental health issues can be and want to be part of the solution. That is why, as a very amateur runner who is terrified of the whole prospect, I am getting out of my comfort zone and attempting to run 100k in the next 31 days. For my own mental wellbeing (to achieve a tangible goal, feel more physically fit and get outside more) and to hopefully raise a bit of money for a mental health charity in the process.
So here comes the part where I ask for donations – anything at all, big or small, will be massively appreciated. If you only have £1 (or whatever your currency is!) to spare, that would still be amazing. Let’s get behind a charity that exists to support our communities – our friends, our family and ourselves.
And if you feel inspired to get active all in the name of bettering mental health, join the RED January challenge for free here. You can choose to just do it for you or to fundraise at the same time.
To anyone who is able to donate or share this post for others to donate, thank you!
Until next time, happy new year and best wishes for 2020 ❤