St Neots Riverside Runners raise money for local mental health charity CPSL Mind

Riverside Runners
Sam Windebank (Chair, Riverside Runners) Zoe Doherty (CPSL Mind)

Cambridgeshire Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind), was thrilled when they received a cheque for £1,695 from the St Neots Riverside Runners.

The money was raised from a variety of activities including their 10k race and fun run held annually in St Neots. This year over 650 local people took part and all the profits went to the club’s nominated charities.

Sam Windebank, Chair of Riverside Runners said, “At Riverside Runners we ask Club members to nominate a charity that we can support for the year. With the increasing awareness of mental health issues there was unanimous agreement to support Mind, in particular CPSL Mind which supports local people.

As well as the obvious physical benefits from running, many runners also find it helps their mental wellbeing. Even the shortest of runs out in the fresh air can help you unwind from the many stresses in life. I would like to say a big thank you to all at Riverside Runners for their enthusiasm and generosity throughout the year to enable us to make this donation.”

Zoe Doherty, the charity’s fundraiser commented, “It was great to meet the Riverside Runners last week and as Sam said, it is well proven that there are many mental health benefits to exercise. It can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress as your brain chemistry changes when you exercise through the release of endorphins which can calm anxiety and lift your mood. By joining a club like the Riverside Runners, it can also be a great way to socialise and meet new friends, which is also good for wellbeing.

We are extremely grateful to the Riverside Runners for raising so much money. This much needed funding will be used to help local people get the support they need. CPSL Mind supports over 2,500 people every year, from those coping with mild depression through to people experiencing a severe mental health crisis. A huge thank you to everyone at the Riverside Runners for raising such an enormous amount of money.”

If you would like to give running a go, the Riverside Runners holds a Beginners Course which starts on Monday 23rd April. Their qualified coaches use a proven successful format to get complete beginners running up to at least 5K within ten weeks. For more information, please contact them at www.riverside-runners.com.