Now in its sixth year, the event took take place at Witton Park, Blackburn. With the emphasis on fun, the Mental Elf 5k fun run challenges Lancashire to get moving, be active and to connect with others. Lancashire Mind’s vision is Mental Wellbeing for All and we want everyone to be aware of and know how to improve their wellbeing.

Tommy McIlvarey, Lancashire Mind CEO, said: “This is always such a fun event and a real highlight in our fundraising year. An active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies healthy but makes us feel good too! By taking part in Mental Elf, people boost their own wellbeing as well as helping other people across Lancashire. We had families, work colleagues and running clubs, plus their dogs, coming together to support mental health across Lancashire.”

The Mental Elf runners and visitors to the festive market were entertained by music from the Preston Chorley Wigan and St Helens Rock Choir. The Choir raised money for Lancashire Mind at their end of year rehearsals whilst all dressed as elves.

Laura Bennett choir leader said: “ The work Lancashire Mind does right across the county is all about helping to create a happier Lancashire and singing fits in so well with that ethos, it seemed like the obvious thing to do. We raised over £1000 and had a great time too.”

Tommy added: “ We raised over £11,000 at last year’s run and we look set to better that this year once we have collected all the sponsorship money. We’d like to thank every single elf that took part and helped make it such a success. We can’t wait for next year’s event.”

All funds raised from Mental Elf will help Lancashire Mind to signpost people to the right support and deliver more Happier Lancashire talks to schools and community groups, raising awareness of mental health and the ways in which we can look after our own wellbeing.

Lancashire Mind is a company limited by guarantee (company number 3888655) and a registered charity in England and Wales (registered number 1081427) at 80-82 Devonshire Road, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 2DR. Lancashire Mind are registered with the Fundraising Regulator. For all enquiries, call us on 01257 231660.
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