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North Yorkshire Sport raises money for mental health awareness

Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:45

North Yorkshire Sport raises money for mental health awareness

Over the weekend (Sunday 23rd June) a team from North Yorkshire Sport took on the Total Warrior event to help raise valuable funds to tackle mental health in the county.

Sport and Physical Activity is proven to help improve mood, reduce stress and prevent and manage anxiety and depression and is cited as a 'wonder drug' in improving emotional wellbeing. For this reason, we have established a new fund to support work in this area.

The first big fundraising effort was to take on the Total Warrior event at Bramham Park, Leeds, covering 12km and taking on 25 obstacles including the 'cement mixer', the 'shocker' and the 'human BBQ'.

A team of 10 comprising of staff from the charity and colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council completed the wet, muddy course in 2 hours.

It costs £30 for a volunteer in a sports club to access mental health awareness training, and the fund will help provide this training for coaches and volunteers in sports clubs, as well as supporting specific activities aimed at improving emotional wellbeing.

Chief Executive, David Watson, said "North Yorkshire Sport drive positive change through sport and we believe strongly in the benefits of being physically active as a way to improve your emotional wellbeing. It was fantastic to see our staff and some partners taking on a physical challenge to raise funds for such a valuable cause."

The team are still accepting donations at www.nysfundraising.co.uk as they aim to raise in excess of £1000 to kickstart the fund. North Yorkshire Sport would also invite individuals to take on their own fundraising challenge for the charity and would urge anyone interested to get in touch via info@northyorkshiresport.co.uk

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