Staff members from Richmond Fellowship have pledged to raise money and awareness by taking the charity back to its place of birth and running a half marathon.
Theresa Breakspear and Helen O’Connell, both employees of Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, are raising money and awareness for the people they support, by taking on the Richmond half marathon on 3 May.
The 13.1 mile run takes in the scenic views of Richmond, where young Dutch Theology student Elly Jansen founded the organisation in 1959.
Theresa Breakspear, a team leader for Richmond Fellowship in Kent, spoke of her excitement to take on the challenge and the level of training it requires: “Richmond Fellowship is an amazing charity with an inspirational story and we’re very excited to be taking on this challenge to raise money and awareness for people living with mental health problems.
“The training has taken its toll on all of us but we’re pushing to beat our target of two and a half hours, and I will be running alongside my husband. Helen has roped her fiance in too and the knowledge that we’re all running to raise awareness for mental health will spur us on.”
The money raised will go to helping Richmond Fellowship services like the supported housing scheme it provides to people with mental health problems in Kent.
Theresa added: “The money raised will go directly to supporting our service users who live with mental health problems that affect many aspects of their lives.
“Through Richmond Fellowship programmes people with mental health problems are given the chance to learn and develop key skills needed for independent living in a safe and social environment, so running to raise money and awareness for this is vital and we’re appealing for people to come forward and donate.”
The Richmond half marathon takes place on 3 May, starting from Star and Garter Hill, Richmond. To support Theresa and Helen’s challenge, please visit their Virgin Money Giving pages:
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