Thrings gets active for mental health

Thrings has been throwing its weight behind this year’s World Mental Health Day by challenging staff to each raise £100 for charity by walking, running or riding 100 miles during October.

The firm’s charity committee has been encouraging as many people as possible to grab their friends, family, neighbours and pets and clock up 100 miles for national charity Samaritans, which provides emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

The 100-mile challenge coincides with this year’s World Mental Health Day, which took place on 10 October.

Simon Holdsworth, managing partner of Thrings, explains: “Mental health can affect anyone at any time. With lockdown having had a significant impact on all our lives, completing 100 miles in 31 days gives us the chance to get away from our desks, get fit and improve our mental health.

“Whether you’re hiking up Pen y Fan, running around your garden or riding your bike to collect your Friday night takeaway, the miles soon add up.”

As if any further encouragement to get involved were required, at the end of the month the charity committee will also be awarding prizes to staff for most miles walked, run or cycled in one day, most miles accumulated during the month, and best photo or video.

Simon adds: “We wanted to see and hear about our staff’s experiences, so we’ve set up a feed on our intranet to share our photos, videos and blogs. We’ve had everything from photos of family weekend walks and videos of bike rides to the supermarket to team walks around the Mendips and horse rides outside Bristol.

“The campaign is having a hugely galvanising effect and it’s been fantastic to see how powerful the challenge has been in bringing the whole firm together, albeit virtually, to raise funds and much-needed awareness of mental wellbeing.”

Click here if you or anyone sponsoring you would like to make a donation via Thrings’ JustGiving page.