Mental health and sport has been a big part of my life. As a journalist I see first hand just how important it is to so many people all the time.
From a personal standpoint, sport has long been something to help my mental health - now it's time to put my money where my mouth is, knuckle down and train, so I can raise some cash for a worthy cause! I'll be doing my first ever half marathon, The Big Vitality Half on March 1!
The Mintridge Foundation is a charity that resonates very closely with me thanks to the importance placed on sport and mental wellbeing. Having gotten to know the charity's founder, Alex, it's clear she has a lot of the same beliefs as myself.
So what better cause to run for and donate money to? Sport has so much power but for so many people - particularly children - it is simply so inaccessable. That shouldn't be the case and that's part of what the foundation helps to achieve.
So it's time to get my trainers on, run through the streets and show that. Any donations for this fantastic cause would be amazing as would any shares! Thank you!
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The Mintridge Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport. We provide a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models.
The Mintridge Foundation assists young people of all ages, abilities and physical capabilities to develop confidence and resilience, and creates awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing through sport.
Our team of Ambassadors - Olympians, Paralympians and other professional sports stars from over 20 sports, both team and individual - work with young people in schools, clubs and academies across the UK.
Starting with visits including assemblies, coaching clinics and classroom sessions tailored to each organisation’s requirements, our ambassadors can then provide one-on-one remote mentoring in a safeguarded environment, delivered via technology such as Skype and Playwaze to build a lasting legacy for individuals.
The Mintridge Foundation’s successes demonstrate the incredible power of sport; from a mentee’s selection to represent Great Britain in their chosen field to enabling disabled children to find confidence and happiness just through participation. Understanding life after sport, we also support our Ambassadors in their transition from active sport to the next stage of their careers.