[F]ive residents of the Carlisle and Eden area have taken on the challenge to run 26.2 miles around the streets of London in support of Carlisle Eden Mind’s Suicide Prevention project.
The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon has chosen to support mental health for the first time, by partnering with the Heads Together campaign, which is spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing and is a partnership between a number of mental health charities, including Mind.
Caroline Robinson, Community Engagement Officer for Carlisle Eden Mind said “We’re thrilled to have had such a response from the community to support our Suicide Prevention work in Cumbria. Thanks to Public Health we’ve managed to train over 3000 people in some level of suicide prevention so far, but with an average of one Cumbrian resident a week being lost to suicide, we need to help even more people feel comfortable and confident in talking about suicide.”
Overwhelmed with applications for a limited number of places, the final team includes brothers Jon and Marc Lewthwaite from Penrith, CEO of TrayBakes Ltd, Justine Carruthers, Carlisle based Tracey Graham, who also ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon for Carlisle Eden Mind earlier this year and Juliet Gray, Suicide Prevention Lead for the charity.
Marathon Team member, Jon Lewthwaite said: “I’m running the marathon for a couple of reasons, firstly in memory of my close friend Ben Osborne, who we lost to suicide in 2014. I’m sure he will be sniggering at the thought of me running 26miles! Secondly, I want to help raise money and awareness for a very worthy cause. Having dealt with, and overcome, mental health issues myself in the past, I want to try and raise as much awareness and funds as I can to help keep the campaigns running, and if I can have a bit of fun along the way, then that’s an added bonus.”
The team have set up a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page and will be holding events in the coming months to achieve their impressive target.
To donate, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/carlisleedenmind
For more information about Carlisle Eden Mind, visit www.cemind.org
For mental health information and support, call MindLine Cumbria on 0300 561 0000 or go to www.mindlinecumbria.org