YoungMinds Fundraising Round-Up

In this week’s round-up we shine the light on what some of our brilliant fundraisers have been doing to support the work of YoungMinds.

We are so proud of and grateful for the incredible work our fundraisers do to help raise vital funds and awareness around child and young people’s mental health. We couldn’t do it without you!

Elise Downing

The amazing Elise Downing has spent the last 10 months running the entire length of the UK coast whilst raising money for YoungMinds. From the Scottish Highlands to the Banks of the River Thames, Elise managed an average of 16 miles a day.

Elise captured the hearts of running and adventure fans all across the country. With their support she managed to raise almost £10,000 for charity. You can read all about her exploits on her blog We hope Elise is getting some well-earned rest, we can’t thank her enough for her support!

Alex Staniforth

The incredible Alex Staniforth has made climbing mountains a bit of a habit and has raised over £50,000 for various causes. We are incredibly grateful to be the latest beneficiary of his next climb, the sixth highest peak in the world, 26,906 feet, Cho Oyu situated in Tibet. Alex said:

Aged 21, I can understand the problems young people face because I've been there. Mental health has often been a bigger challenge to me than attempting to climb Mount Everest. I have raised over £55,000 for charities through my outdoor exploits so far, but only recently has the mental health crisis in young people really come to my attention. We hear it all the time, and I suddenly feel the need to do something to fight this battle against a hidden but very real illness.

You can support Alex on his Just Giving page here.

James Werb

At the end of August, James and his partner Marie, tackled the full 268 mile hike of the Pennine Way in memory of James’ nephew, George. James had this to say about supporting our charity:

We undertook the walk in memory of my nephew George who tragically took his own life at the age of 15 while suffering from severe mental health issues. We wanted all money raised from our walk to go to YoungMinds to fund their outstanding work in helping young people like George to make sure that they get the support they need to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

You can still support James and Marie on their Just Giving page here.

Ali Metcalfe

In August, Ali travelled all the way to France to take part in the Ironman Vichy, made up of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike, ending with a 26.2 mile run; and all to be completed in 16 hours! Ali told us:

I chose to fundraise for YoungMinds because… young adult life can be very confusing, coping with emotions and how you feel about yourself is tough. It's brilliant that YoungMinds helps vulnerable young people. 

The best part of the fundraising was the positive support from all friends and family and the amazing atmosphere running around the course seeing signs made by spectators saying 'anything is possible' and 'believe in yourself.

You can still support Ali on her Virgin Money Giving page here.


A massive thank you to all of our brilliant fundraisers!


Fundraising in support of YoungMinds is a great way to have fun, raise vital funds and awareness of the importance of young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing.

If you are interested in fundraising for YoungMinds, we would be more than happy to support you in any way that we can.

For more information get in touch by calling on 0207 089 5050 or emailing us at fundraising@yo

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