Saturday and Sunday 14 & 15 May marks the third annual ‘Greencore Social Distancing Relay’, a fundraising and awareness event organised by Andy Beveridge and sponsored by local convenience food manufacturer, Greencore.
The relay aims to raise awareness and funds for mental health charities Mind CPSL (Cambridge, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire) and 8:56 Foundation, and people from the local community and beyond are invited to take part in this event.
The main relay will take place throughout both days, covering Wisbech, Kings Lynn and surrounding areas. Runners not in the area can join the virtual event, running whatever distance they choose at any time during the weekend.
All it takes to enter is a minimum of a £12 donation to one of the two charities, and all entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Entries to the relay can be made at www.socialdistancingrelay.org.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental health charity, Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems as well as lobbying government and local authorities on their behalf.
8:56 Foundation aims to raise awareness, increase the profile of support and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. By using sport as an aid, 8.56 Foundation aims to encourage men to talk and reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation.
For Greencore Social Distancing Relay organiser, Andy Beveridge, this event is personal: “I started the relay during the first lockdown, as I was struggling at the time with the restrictions. I needed something to take my mind off the situation. Hearing people’s stories of struggles with mental health made me decide to organise the event again last year and with Greencore’s fantastic backing this year, it allows me to try and make it even bigger and better and allowing every penny raised to go to both charities”
Commenting on Greencore’s sponsorship of the Social Distancing Relay, Paul Biggs, General Manager at Greencore Wisbech, based on Weasenham Lane said: “We are absolutely delighted to sponsor this event. We are well aware of the challenges that many people face with their mental health, particularly during the events of the past few years, and we take these matters extremely seriously at Greencore. As a large, growing local employer we provide a wide range of support to our colleagues that require it, and we appreciate the invaluable work that Mind and 8:56 Foundation does.”
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