A Bournemouth man is taking on a marathon challenge in a bid to raise awareness and funds for mental health.
Peter Thompson has dedicated himself to completing 44 marathons in 44 days all over the world in order to achieve his aim, with the runner setting off on April 1.
As a running enthusiast, Peter decided to raise support for mental health after witnessing first-hand the positive impact the Flourish project at Livability Holton Lee has had on people.
The Flourish project is a gardening therapy programme for disabled people and people suffering with mental illnesses and supports 60 people each week.
He said: “In terms of my own experiences of mental health, I have had many friends and family members who have had – and who still suffer from – a variety of mental health conditions. I have seen how debilitating this can be, and how frustrating it can be to see services stretched and the right support often extremely hard to come by.”
The money raised will support charities Livability and MIND – a national UK mental health charity.
Peter launched his campaign at Livability Holton Lee’s royal event yesterday, where HRH Princess Anne unveiled the new spinal injury ward at the facility.
Neil Stevens, Centre Manager at Livability Holten Lee, said: “We are delighted that Peter has chosen to support Livability by attempting this amazing challenge. Livability is a charity that is passionate about tackling barriers that can cause people to be isolated. We know that growing awareness for and supporting people with mental illness is an essential part of this.”
Money raised from Peter’s marathon will help both Livability and MIND to expand their resources and ability to provide further support for people struggling with mental illnesses.
Reflecting on his mission, Peter said that his three main aims to come out of the marathon are to raise support for mental health issues; to inspire people to challenge their limits; and to run a really really long way!
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