Runners needed for Mental Elf fundraiser

Lancashire Mind staff get into the fundraising spirit
Lancashire Mind staff get into the fundraising spirit

Participants are needed to take part in a new fancy dress fun run to raise funds for Lancashire’s leading mental health charity.

Lancashire Mind is holding the Mental Elf 5k Fun Run in Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday, December 21 at 11am.

Organisers are hoping to see crowds of elves of all sizes, even those in prams and doggy elves.

Tia Ferrigno, event administrator at Fylde Coast Running, who are partners on the event, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Lancashire Mind on their very first Mental Elf event in Lancashire.

“Exercise is really important to improving and maintaining someone’s mental wellbeing and we would like to encourage everyone in Lancashire to come along and either take part, or cheer on those who have, around the fantastic Astley Park course.”

Entry costs £10 per person, Little Elves aged 10-16 are £5 each and there are a number of free places for Mini Elves who aged nine and under. Mini Elves must be accompanied by a full paying Big Elf.

Funds raised at the event will enable the charity to support people with mental health conditions and also to provide all the people who live and work in Lancashire with the tools they need to improve, manage and maintain their own mental wellbeing.

Lancashire Mind chief executive, Stewart Lucas, said: ‘Our vision of “Mental wellbeing for all” can only be achieved if everyone in Lancashire plays their part. We need people up and down the county to get involved in our activities such as Happy to Talk, Facing Up and Chill and Chat as well as our fundraising events.”

After the fun run, there will be hot chocolate, mince pies and leg massages.

Lancashire Mind is the amalgamation of Chorley and South Ribble, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool, Flyde and North Lancashire Mind’s, who came together in 2010 to create a countywide organisation offering a range of help including training, benefits advice and housing support.

Anyone interested in taking part can book their place by visiting www.fyldecoastrunning.org