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!
Kingston Grammar School
Students and Alumni of Kingston Grammar School’s rowing team took to the waves on Saturday 10th September, when 23 boats rowed 70k in aid of YoungMinds. Despite adverse weather conditions, and some boats having to pull out, the amazing rowers have managed to raise a huge £36,000 so far! The finishers were met by alumni James Cracknell and a delicious spread prepared by volunteers.
We are so grateful for Kingston Grammar School’s dedication and support.
You can still support the rowers here.
Sarah and Gary McKie
On Sunday 11th September, the 36th Great North Run took place in Newcastle, with over 5000 participants tackling the 13 mile route. Partners Sarah and Garry Mckie took part this year in aid of YoungMinds and managed to finish in 2 hrs and 2 hrs 24 minutes respectively!
You can still support the duo’s efforts through their Virgin Money Giving page.
Yvette, Debbie, Helen and Tam
Team members Yvette, Debbie, Helen and Tam braved the muck by taking part in the Tough Mudder Northwest Challenge. Most of the team managed to finish the course safely (albeit slightly bruised), and managed to raise over £800 so far for YoungMinds.
You can support the girls on their Just Giving page here.
Emily is part of the XX Foundation Support Group which works with schools to help educate children and parents on the importance of talking about children’s mental health. She cycled Coast-to-Coast in September in memory of her son, William Musgrove. The group cycled a whopping 135 miles over three days, from White Haven to Sunderland!
You can still support the group here.
Earlier this month, Gwenan and friends organised a charity fundraising event!
The organising was so much fun (if a little stressful at times). The fact we had a big group of us all working together helped massively. We were able to encourage and split responsibilities to really plan a great event to raise money. People seemed surprised with the event itself but also with the charity we had chosen. Throughout the night, people asked me about YoungMinds - why we had picked it - what it meant to us. It was a great chance to discuss with people and get people thinking about mental health.
When we asked Gwenan why she decided to support YoungMinds, she said “A group of me and some friends decided we wanted to raise some money for a charity that we thought were doing great work...
After some research we found the work that YoungMinds were doing. I was first struck by their focus on not only supporting young people through their difficulties, but also their families. From my experiences within social work I have seen how difficult it is for families and loved ones to support young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. My friends and I just saw this charity as one that needed to be talked about and we wanted to share this with our friends. So we decided to go ahead with planning a fundraising event.
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@y