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The great fundraisers and the Great North Run
Added: 12th Sep 2018

SANE fundraisers trained hard over the summer for the UK’s biggest half marathon, The Great North Run.

We had seven runners take part in the event this year and they have collectively raised a total of £1,100. We are so thrilled with this support and it just shows that hard work and hard training does indeed pay off.

Each runner ran with great passion to shout out for mental health change.

Jordan, a runner on the day, said: "The reason I chose to run for SANE, is because when I was first diagnosed with depression, I was in a bad place. I was scared myself, scared to tell my family, friends, colleagues and just simply didn’t know what to do… I want to make a difference for mental health; not just by talking about it or sharing my story, but actually making a difference. That’s where fundraising for yourselves came in and that for me is the start."

Jordan found solace in SANE's Black Dog Campaign, as the dog helped him potray to his family what he could not say. He is such a huge supporter of SANE and the work we do, so much so, he gave our wristbands to his friends and family as wedding favours at his wedding.

Another supporter Rebecca said: "I ran the Great North Run for SANE as I believe mental health is as important as physical health. Society and government should treat both with equal importance and without stigma. SANE's work is helping change these attitudes and policy. As individuals, we should look after our own mental health as well as look out for those around us."

Miles said: "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but the stigma and bias based around this tends to shame us. When 'I' is replaced by 'we', illness becomes wellness."

The Great North Run was a huge test in their determination, stamina and passion to help make a difference.

Runner Niall said: ‘"'ve never ran anything nearly that far before so slowed up a bit towards the end.The fact people had donated money for such a good cause was definitely keeping me going."

Ross said: "SANE is such a great charity and me running this race for them, along with others allows them to keep providing the great work they do on a daily basis. I’m so proud to be able to help them continue their incredible work."

We are so proud of our fundraisers’ hard work and efforts, and we thank all who supported and donated to them for this running event.

Team SANE is GREAT! Thank you.

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

If you have been inspired by this story 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 fundraising@sane.org.uk or call 0203 805 1790.

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