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£3,000, 310km and 31 days
Added: 20th Sep 2018

SANE fundraiser Aodan Donnelly ran 10km every day throughout August, all in aid of SANE!

You may have read about his challenge last month and thought, ‘will he actually do it?’, ‘will he really run 10km everyday?’

The answer to your questions is yes and YES!

Aodan's training paid off tremendously as he persevered and finished his last 10km run on 31st August with a huge smile on his face and a huge sum raised for SANE.

‘I think today for all the advancements that we have made in technology, in medicine and accepting attitudes, I think there is still a stigma against mental health issues, almost like it is brushed aside or like a dirty condition.

We as people need to do better, that is something we can do for free, change our attitudes, that doesn’t take any fancy investment or equipment but our own want to help others. Mental health issues can effect anyone and the more you open your eyes to it the more common you see it to be. Everyone agrees we need to do more, we just need people to stop talking and actually do. Actions speak louder than words.

That may be blunt and to the point but that is what we need to do.’

With the generosity of his friends, family and work colleagues at Morgan Stanley, he managed to raise over £3,600!

Morgan Stanley are going to match his amount still, which is simply fantastic; we could not be more grateful for their generosity.

Five of Aodan’s friends joined him on his daily runs, and we thank them also for their part to play. Aodan has run for SANE like a superstar, so it is only fitting he be our latest Star Fundraiser.

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

If you have been inspired by this Aodan's 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 or call 0203 805 1790.

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