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News: Men­tal Health Week: uni-lev­el Sport stu­dents help Not­ting­hamshire Mind

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It’s Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week 18 – 24 May, and peo­ple are being encour­aged to have con­ver­sa­tions around men­tal health. This year’s theme is kind­ness, aim­ing to shine a light on acts of kind­ness, and to inspire peo­ple to get involved. 

A group of uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el stu­dents from Not­ting­ham Col­lege have raised more than £1500 for a local men­tal health char­i­ty over the past aca­d­e­m­ic year. 

The Foun­da­tion Degree Sports Coach­ing stu­dents have organ­ised a range of fundrais­ing events for their cho­sen char­i­ty, Not­ting­hamshire Mind. 

Stu­dents on the course com­plete an event man­age­ment mod­ule, work­ing in teams to arrange and deliv­er char­i­ty events. Over the past few months, they’ve organ­ised a vari­ety of fundrais­ers, from a char­i­ty film night to an inten­sive indoor sport chal­lenge. They have worked hard to organ­ise every­thing from choos­ing the venues to plan­ning activ­i­ties and com­plet­ing risk assessments. 

The indoor sport chal­lenge involved all stu­dents on the course doing their bit, by cycling, run­ning or using a cross train­er to com­plete a total of 120 miles in just one hour. The chal­lenge took place at Har­vey Had­den Sports Vil­lage in Bil­bor­ough back in March, rais­ing near­ly £700 towards the total. 

21-year-old Sport stu­dent Kirsten Eatock (pic­tured above) is one of the Sports Coach­ing students.

Good men­tal health is incred­i­bly impor­tant to soci­ety as well as indi­vid­u­als. In more recent years there has been a surge in men­tal health issues amongst young peo­ple. Not­ting­hamshire Mind pro­vides sup­port and makes life bet­ter for local peo­ple. It was great to learn about what they do as a char­i­ty while rais­ing mon­ey for them. 

This project was real­ly excit­ing to take part in and it was so enjoy­able to do it togeth­er as a group. It gave all the par­tic­i­pants a great insight into team­work and all the oth­er dif­fer­ent aspects that need to be con­sid­ered while organ­is­ing a sport­ing event, such as: risk assess­ment, finan­cial plan­ning, and management. 

 — Stu­dent Kirsten

Fel­low Foun­da­tion Degree stu­dent Alex Fray said: Along with a team of 10 lead by the project man­ag­er and assis­tant project man­ag­er, I took part in the mul­ti-sports event with a tar­get of reach­ing the 120 miles. I’m pleased to say we achieved this and raised the mon­ey for Mind!” 

The char­i­ty were real­ly grate­ful to receive the funds.

What the team have done and achieved is absolute­ly amaz­ing and we real­ly appre­ci­ate everyone’s kind dona­tion, espe­cial­ly in these uncer­tain times that we find our­selves in. 

The mon­ey raised will help fund one of our Recov­ery Coach­es who pro­vide holis­tic sup­port for our ser­vice users and this is indi­vid­u­al­ly lead. 

It is well-known that sport and phys­i­cal activ­i­ty play a huge part in us main­tain­ing our men­tal wellbeing. 

Shelly Gas­coigne — Part­ner­ships & Pro­mo­tions at Not­ting­hamshire Mind
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  • 19th May 2020 (4:25 PM)
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