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Star Fundraisers of Summer '17
Added: 29th Aug 2017

Our supporters have been working hard this summer, training and running; organising and hosting and fundraising and donating!

We are very lucky to have such wonderful people wanting to make a difference for mental health, and we wanted to say thank you to everyone who supports SANE - so a big thank you and here’s to abolishing the stigma!

40 miles in 24 hours!

Kayleigh Dale raised nearly £3000 for SANE, walking 40 miles in just 24 hours!

On 17th June, she and her father crossed the North Yorkshire Moors, for the Lyke Wake Walk, and endured a hard day of walking and “breath” taking scenery.

‘Well, I did it! I actually enjoyed it, albeit, it was very, very hot! I am aching today but less than expected so that's good. I'm very happy to have successfully finished the walk, representing SANE and raising a good amount for you.’

Kayleigh also received a very kind donation from the Prison Service Charity Fund of £500.00 to help her reach her target.

Simone Moraes, our Community and Events Officer, says:

‘The fundraising Kayleigh so kindly have done on our behalf will help us towards reaching our vision: A society where mental illness is free from stigma, discrimination and exclusion, and where each individual can receive the personal care and attention they require at any stage of their life.'


Remembering Vivien Leigh

Many fans of the late actress, Vivien Leigh, came together to raise money for SANE, in July.

To commemorate the 50th year of Vivien Leigh’s passing, the Vivien Leigh Circle arranged a week long host of events, including visits to Leigh’s former residences; a fan memorabilia show-and-tell; a private screening of Anna Karenina; private viewings of material at the Vivien Leigh Archives and a memorial service held at St Paul’s Actors Church, in Covent Garden.

It truly sounded like a wonderful experience to be a part of!

Vivien Leigh suffered from Bipolar disorder (known at the time as Manic Depressive disorder) and died from complications of Tuberculosis.

The Vivien Leigh Circle fundraised a total of £1000.00 to SANE, including the generous donation of £250 from Clifford Chance LLP. 

Alejandro Franks, Vice-Chair of the organisation says:

‘It's our pleasure and we know that Vivien would certainly support this honourable cause if she was to live in these days.’

Simone Moraes, from SANE, shares her praise:

‘I would like to say a BIG thanks to all the members for their amazing gesture!  This donation will cover the cost of recruiting, training and supporting one SANEline volunteer for a year.’



Supporter runs British 10k in aid of friend

Anna Billson raises over £1500 running the British 10k this summer.

At the end of last year, a friend of Anna’s lost her sixteen-year-old son to suicide.

When she found out about the British 10k event, taking place July 9th, Anna decided to join team SANE and raise funds for us.

‘I'm running to raise money for SANE, a charity that works to provide emotional support and information for anyone affected by mental illness - including family, friends and carers.

I'm running for something other than myself. I'm running to channel some of the pain of what happened into something good.’

In total, she raised £1550.00 and was greatly supported by friends and family in the lead up to the big day on her JustGiving page.

Our Community and Events Officer says:

‘Anna’s first time fundraising was at the British 10K. She ran the race gracefully (I was there to see it!)

This gift will help us to provide compassionate care and support to people whose lives have been devastated by mental illness, and to those who have nowhere else to turn.’

Look out for these photos on SANE’s Twitter and Instagram.

If you have been inspired by our Star Fundraisers stories and would like to fundraise for better mental health, we'd love to hear from you! From fun run to marathon, quiz to karaoke, there's an idea to suit everyone. Email or call 0203 805 1790.

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