Lancashire Mind Breaking Boundaries great success

Mental health charity Lancashire Mind have smashed their Breaking Boundaries target of walking the old palatine boundary of Lancashire four times.   

Lancashire Mind set the enormous challenge to collectively walk the 417-mile equivalent of the old Lancashire border not once but four times! Members of the public signed up to walk, run, hop, skip, whatever they could to help the charity reach its target.  

55 participants from across the county clocked up an impressive 3990.54 miles over the 12 day challenge - that’s 2.4 times more than the original target of 1668 miles.  

Breaking Boundaries was launched last year to raise awareness about better mental health for all; to celebrate Lancashire; and to encourage people to get active during lockdown at the same time as raising funds for the charity.  

Emma Bateson, fund raising lead at Lancashire Mind, said: “We are absolutely blown away by our amazing Boundary Breakers. They have all gone above and beyond and the bar has certainly been raised for next year – I'm not sure we can beat that!”   

Lancashire Mind lost up to 40 per cent of its fundraising income in the last 12 months due to cancelled events.  

“The event raised just over £3,000 for Lancashire Mind which is incredibly important for us and allows us to continue to do the work we do across Lancashire.  

“Everyone has mental health and as a charity we are here for the 4 in 4 as well as the 1 in 4 who live with a mental health condition. “  

Lancashire Mind work to raise awareness of mental health issues and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.  

Tommy McIlravey CEO at Lancashire Mind said: “We’re incredibly proud of everyone that took part and helped us not only raise this money but also helped us to raise awareness around mental health conditions.  

“We believe that there should be no barriers to people achieving good mental health and wellbeing and we work continually to break boundaries and lead a mental wellbeing revolution.  

“It’s important for us to help start discussions and dispel the stigma around mental health and wellbeing and campaigns such Breaking Boundaries allow us to do just that."