Success in Stockholm
Wow it was a really tough but very enjoyable experience . The practice I’d done didn’t really prepare me fully for the real thing ( a lot more hills) and the last 5 kilometres were painful, but I did it and I’m really glad I did.
On top of the run itself I hit my target of £500 fundraising for Boys in Mind / Charlie Waller and it was great to see so many friends and family willing to give some money for such a good cause.
I decided to do the fundraising for Boys in Mind because I know they’re doing some great work when it comes to removing stigma surrounding boys’ / men’s mental health . I have had to deal with some forms of depression, stress and anxiety over the past few years and I’ve been lucky to have family and friends to talk about it .
However I know that if I were to have gone through this when I was at school, it would probably have been a different scenario and I wouldn’t have been comfortable talking about it .
Ride to Flush House
Florian and I have now made six fundraising cycle trips together. It began when he was nine and asked if we could cycle to London together. Since then, we have cycled from Bath to Brighton, Dartmouth, Pembrokeshire, Paris and Yorkshire. Each ride has presented new challenges and we have tackled increasing distances as he has grown older and stronger. He is now the fitter of the two of us and keeps me going, whereas it used to be the other way around. Cycling together has been a tremendous bonding experience and great to know we have raised money for some very worthwhile causes.
We chose to raise money for Boys in Mind this time as we both know people that suffer with mental health problems. Bringing these issues more into the open is of importance and benefit to all of us.
Meeting Wera Hobhouse MP
Boys in Mind Youth Advisors met with Wera Hobhouse MP on Friday September 6th to tell her about Boys in Mind , what we’ve done so far and our plans for the future.
Wera was very interested and engaged and is going to share links to our website via her social media contacts and is considering a local mental health and well-being conference in the Spring which we of course will be happy to help her deliver.
Party with Purpose
A great night was had by all who attended the event on Friday. We were brilliantly entertained by Ghostlight, Archives, Agent Filby and the Funtans and LSPY, with Evie and Louise Djing.
There were great raffle prizes, including a 2 hour boat cruise for 16 people donated by Bath City Boats and a falconry experience. We raised £1129, which is fantastic.
Thanks to everyone who performed, bought tickets , donated and to those fab people at Widcombe Social Club for their excellent and supportive hosting.