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Mental Health Mile donates £200 to buy seaside bench at new Walney hub


Ian and Janice from MHM handing over the donation to ZEST volunteer Megan.

#mentalhealthmile Barrow started in January 2019 after some Furness runners took part and volunteered at similar events in Lancaster organised by Louise Goddard of Legit Lancaster.


Louise had the initial #mentalhealthmile idea and has now developed it to also include events in Catterall, Kendal and Bowness as well as Barrow.


Janice Callister and Ian Jones took on the role of organising and promoting the Barrow event.


There has been one event each month since supported by many local participants.


It is a 1 mile route within Barrow Park that people of all ages run, walk, jog, push buggies and even walk their dogs.


Registration is from 2.30pm at the bandstand and the event starts at 3.00pm.


Entry is £3 per person for everyone of Secondary School age and older.

It is free for all children not yet at secondary school.


On completion of the event everyone is presented with a Certificate and fruit and water is available courtesy of Tesco.


Tesco kindly sponsor the event in conjunction with Unite the Union.


Ian said: "Janice and I would also like to thank Barrow Borough Council for allowing the use of the beautiful Barrow Park and also the Walney Wind Cheetahs running group. Members of the WWC fill all the marshal and volunteer roles at every event and none of it could happen without all of their help.


"There have been seven events up to now (one each month from January to July) and 2 cheques have been presented to MIND in Furness, one for £500 and one for £300.


"A third donation of £200 has been presented to ZEST to cover the cost of one of the round benches that will be situated outside the Round House on Biggar Bank, which is currently undergoing a transformation into a community hub.


"Janice thought it would be a great idea to use some of the MHM money to pay for one of these benches."


Janice said: “It will be a lovely place for people to sit and reflect or have a rest when out walking / running etc and also a permanent reminder of Barrow MHM”


With this £200 donation the total presented by #mentalhealthmile is now £1000.


Ian stated: “Janice and I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored, volunteered and participated up to now. Without all this top community teamwork none of it would be happening”.


Matt Blackburn, Operations Manager at ZEST said: "Thank you so much to Ian and Janice and to all that take part in the #mentalhealthmile. The donation of £200 will enable us to purchase a bench for the outside patio area at the Round House, which we are currently bringing back to life after not being used for many many years. The bench will benefit lots of local people for many years to come."


The next #mentalhealthmile is on Sunday 25th August "

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