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