A former regional daily editor is set to run five kilometers every day for two months to raise funds for a mental health charity.
James Higgins, who edited Barrow-based daily The Mail between 2014 and April this year, is undertaking the challenge in aid of the Young Minds Trust between 1 November and New Year’s Eve.
During November, James will run his 5k with a different person every day to promote awareness of mental wellbeing and wider issues surrounding mental health, while in December he will go it alone in his daily challenge.
James, pictured, who now runs his own PR firm called 32West, is aiming to raise £500 for Young Minds through sponsorship.
Explaining his decision to undertake the challenge, James said: “I count myself lucky. Aside from the everyday stresses and strains of life, I have never been in a position where my mental health has been under siege. I have young children and so far in life – touch wood – they have been fine too.
“Like many people, however, I have seen the effect mental ill-health can have on wider family members and friends. I have experienced that feeling of helplessness as I have watched a loved one desperately grapple with feelings they cannot control.
“The NHS cannot cope. We are smack bang in the middle of a crisis and something has to be done.
“I believe that in developing a support mechanism for young people – whose mental health is increasingly under pressure – we can start to make a difference. We can offer help when frailties first start to emerge – not many years down the line when the illness has become much more deep-rooted.”
He added: “If you feel you can support me, I’d be so grateful. I know money is tight – so whatever you can spare would be hugely appreciated. Thank you – and good health.”
To sponsor James, click here.