Put your best foot forward at mental health awareness walk

There’s still time for entrants to sign up for the Mind Your Body event on Saturday 11 October, which is taking place to mark World Mental Health Day.

Put your best foot forward at mental health awareness walk
06 October 2014

Scores of people are due to take part in a sponsored walk at Grafham Water, which is being organised by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

There’s still time for entrants to sign up for the Mind Your Body event on Saturday 11 October, which is taking place to mark World Mental Health Day.

CPFT has organised the event, in partnership with Serco, to raise awareness of mental health and the important part that physical exercise plays in people’s wellbeing.

Those taking part can walk – or run if they chose - 3km, 5km or 10km, and the money raised with go to the CPFT Charitable Trust.

Taking part costs £5 for adults, while children under five are free. Registration will open at 9.30am, followed by a warm up at 10.30am. The event will officially start at 11am from the Visitor Centre, Marlow Park, Grafham, PE28 0BH.

Lauren MacIntyre, CPFT’s organiser of the event said: “We are really looking forward to seeing as many people as possible come to Grafham Water and take part.

“Each year, one in four of us will experience a mental health challenge. We really hope this event will get people talking and help to break down some of the stigma still surrounding mental health and help raise money for CPFT’s Charitable Trust.

“We’re hoping for good weather and we’ve asked people to wear orange or yellow if they can – that way the walkers will make for a colourful sight as they take part in the event. 

The CPFT Charitable Trust will divide the money raised between two CPFT services:

-          The Croft Child and Family Unit, an inpatient ward for children and their families. The Croft is the only family residential service of its type in the country.  The unit supports children who are experiencing challenges such as depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorders.

-          Recovery College East, an educational facility offering free courses for people in using CPFT services to help them into employment and develop useful life skills.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/mindyourbody or you can call Lauren on 01223 726768.

The event has been made possible thanks to our generous partner Serco and sponsors, Kelway and G4S.

    

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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