David's brave coastal trek for local Mind

22nd October 2015

A Scarborough man who suffers from debilitating arthritis is walking from Filey to Robin Hood’s Bay on 2 November to raise funds for Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind.

David Mackenzie from South Cliff has taken up the challenge after learning about the charity's recent plight and how we were saved from closure earlier this year and that we are still in great need of funds.

David was inspired to do the walk as one of his close friends has suffered from severe depression and was greatly helped by the charity who supported him during the crisis.

David has also suffered from anxiety in the past and as a keen walker, has decided to take up the challenge of walking the distance of 23 miles, despite being in pain.

He said: “I’m delighted to be doing this challenging walk for Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind.

“I was very upset to hear earlier this year that the charity almost closed due to lack of funds and remains in great need of donations to keep its projects helping people in the local community going.

“Without a charity like Mind, which provides a telephone helpline, support groups and one to one support for people, there would be nowhere else for people to turn.

“Mental health charities are not always a popular choice for people raising money for them, but with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem, charities like this are just as important as those that help people with their physical health which is why I’ve decided to do this fund-raiser.”

Head of Services, Sophie Hall said: “We’re really pleased that David is raising funds for us. We are still in need of money as much as ever and although as a charity our short term future is secure, every penny we receive helps us continue in our work giving vital support to 1,000 local people.”

On World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October), generous shoppers donated more than £200 to Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind who held a street collection on the day while a concert at Scarborough Library raised £300.

Anyone who would like to sponsor David can do so by logging onto his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/David-Mackenzie-Mind or they can send a cheque made payable to Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, , PO Box 304, Scarborough, YO11 3YJ.

If you would like to support the charity by holding a fund-raiser, by becoming a volunteer or for more information call Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind on (01723) 588008 or email info@swrmind.org.uk

SWR Mind can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWRMind1, follow us on Twitter @swrmind1, log onto their website www.swrmind.org.uk or call (01723) 588008.