Summer 23 News
Join the Trek for Tomorrow!
On 9th September 2023, supporters signing up for our Trek for Tomorrow will be hiking the Horseshoe Ridge Walk in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to raise funds for suicide prevention. We will be walking alongside our friends at the Mindstep Foundation, an organisation based in Newport, South Wales, founded by the Davies family in memory of their son and brother, Max Davies, who took his own life in August 2018. The Foundation funds mental health and suicide prevention research at the University of Glasgow, as well as raising awareness and support.
Our hike involves a demanding 10-mile circuit leading from the Taf Fechan Forest up to Pen Y Fan and including nearby Cribyn, Corn Du and Fan y Big. At 886m, Pen Y Fan is the highest point in the south of Britain. There will be glorious sweeping views and the camaraderie of walking as a group – so, whilst undoubtedly challenging, it should be both enjoyable and rewarding!
Podcast - Out Now!
Our latest podcast is now available and can be listened to here. Daisy is joined by counsellor, Kate Butler, to discuss the benefits of therapy and what we can gain from accessing local services and starting important conversations.
Finn writes to Parliament
It is far from easy to get a response to a letter sent to an MP, let alone the leader of the opposition, but that is exactly what Finn, our Youth Ambassador, achieved recently! Sir Keir Starmer congratulated him on four years’ campaigning on behalf of BiM and agreed that male mental health is a vital topic for our times. That is really encouraging – thanks to Finn for putting our work on the radar of such an important person!
Find your happy place – Bullfrog Bottles launches meditation sessions in aid of BiM
We’re so happy to count local businessman and father of four, Jon Brown, as a friend and supporter. Jon and his family run Bullfrog, which sells funky water bottles, yoga mats and equipment, both online and from their retail outlet in Kingsmead Square, Bath. Jon has generously supported our events, including donating water bottles to the BiM team at the Bath Half Marathon. He has now launched meditation sessions, held 1-2pm on the last Friday of every month, in the beautiful space below his shop. The sessions are led by renowned meditation teacher, Andre Berry and the suggested donation of £10 per head goes to support our work. Thank you, Jon and Andre, we hope to join a session soon!
Audley Avenue’s 24 hour Relay Marathon for BiM!
Huge thanks to Rachel and Andrew Seaborne and their neighbours in Audley Avenue, a cul de sac in Bath. Since 2020, residents have taken part in a 24 Hour Relay Marathon, raising money for a different charity each year and this year, they chose BiM! Each household or team has half an hour to do laps of the cul-de-sac in whichever way they choose – walking, cycling, running or dancing.
This year’s event kicked off at 10am on Saturday 13th May and, as this coincided with Eurovision weekend, many contestants were in fancy dress. The first team comprised the four oldest residents in the avenue: two being over 90 years and the other two in their late 80s! The marathon ended at 10am on Sunday 14th May, with 6 students from one household running together for an hour in hilarious fancy dress! More than 40 residents took part, ranging from toddlers to the oldest resident who is 91 years old, raising an amazing and very welcome £1,236. Thank you all so much, we are truly inspired!
Glastonbury stewards raising funds for BiM!
BiM supporter, Mervyn Townley, heads a team of 20 stewards at Glastonbury. These stewards volunteer their time each year to support festivalgoers on a wide range of issues. The festival pays an hourly rate to a charity nominated by Mervyn and his team – we are honoured that Boys in Mind was chosen and will receive an amazing £2,400 to enable us to make more films and reach further schools and other youth settings in our region. The sun shone on this year’s event and, judging by this photo, the site team managed some downtime to soak up the atmosphere! Huge thanks to Mervyn and his team.
Bath University students’ Action Project!
We’re delighted to be working with an amazing bunch of Masters and MBA students from Bath University as they plan and execute their ‘Action Project’ to raise funds for a local charity, as part of their course assessment. They’re planning a ‘2000s Throwback’ music night at Revolutions in central Bath on Thursday 3rd August, with all proceeds going to BiM. More details to follow on our social media, we hope you will come along and support their fundraising efforts!
Team BiM will be competing in the Bath Half Marathon
We’re delighted to report that ‘Team BiM’ is now full and we have 11 runners for this year’s Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 15th October. Each of them will be training hard and hoping to raise a good sum towards our outreach work this autumn. Keep an eye on our social media for details shortly on how you can support them – and BiM – from the comfort of your armchair!
BiM at Shindig
Much fun was had at this year’s Shindig and our thanks again to the festival organisers, who supported us via ticket sales. We had a branded gazebo and handed out flyers and information to festivalgoers. We hope to attend festivals across the region in coming months as this is a great way to reach young people outside an educational setting.
Family Fun Day on Bath Half Marathon weekend
BiM will have a gazebo at this year’s event which takes place on Saturday, 14th October, the day before the Bath Half Marathon, in Victoria Park, Bath. We’ll be showcasing our work, showing our newest films and providing some fun activities for children. Highlight of the day will be the ever-popular Family Fun Run at 11am, followed by wheelchair and frame races, a traffic-free cycle event, outdoor zumba class, sensory gym and much more! Look out for more information on our social media.