1 in 4 – that’s how many of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. This statistic alone has spurred mental health professional Pete McCullagh into his running shoes and out onto the pavements to raise funds for local mental health services.
Despite not being naturally sporty, this year Pete has signed up to a plethora of running events, including the Southampton 10k, the New Forest Half Marathon, the Birmingham Half Marathon and the Gosport Half Marathon, topped off with the Southampton Half Marathon in 2018 – all in support of brighterway.
Pete is not new to fundraising. A few years ago he ran for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which was instrumental in saving the life of his niece.
“I usually link charity events to things close to my heart – the last few charity runs have been related to family issues or my own voluntary work. This year I wanted to do something different and raise funds for a local charity.
“I have worked for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust on and off since 2000, and have seen the fantastic work our teams do, and have been struck by how we could do so much more in different areas if funds allowed.
“I would encourage anyone to support brighterway. Why? Very simple: 1 in 4. Other charities have a greater profile and if I were to ask people what charity they support and why, there would be the usual suspects – all for very good reasons and very deserving. By supporting brighterway, I can help to make an immediate difference to the services that support local people.
Pete has set himself a modest fundraising target of £500, but really hopes that he will be able to raise a lot more in return for his pain and suffering.
“I plan for the money I raise to be used in the Southampton area and specifically the inpatient settings at Antelope House that would benefit those that use the service.”
If you would like to show your support for Pete, you can make a donation by visiting his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-mccullagh3
Have you been inspired? You too can fundraise for local mental health services by supporting brighterway. Visit https://www.brighterway.org.uk/get-involved/start-fundraising/ to find out more.