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Mental Health Awareness Week – Mr Pickering to support Mind

13 May 2022

We would like to wish Mr Pickering all the very best ahead of his gruelling challenge in support of Mind next month.

Throughout June, he will run, row and cycle the equivalent of 14.3km every day to help raise awareness about mental health and vital funds for this amazing charity.

In 2020, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published that 5,224 people in England and Wales sadly took their own life, equating to an average of 14.3 people a day. Approximately 1 in 4 people experience a mental health issue each year, with 1 in 6 people across the UK experiencing a common mental health problem, such as anxiety and depression.

Mr Pickering, who is an OB and one of Barney’s Sports Graduates, said: “The statistics from the ONS highlight the struggles that people in all walks of life face every day, which inspired me to create this fundraising challenge.

“Hopefully by completing this distance each day for 30 days I can raise even more awareness about mental health and support a fantastic charity in the process.”   

He added: “Mind is a fantastic charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health issues, while campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding nationwide.”

To support Mr Pickering’s fundraiser, you can visit his GoFundMe page: