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More than 30 people run Royal Park Half Marathon for Mind in Haringey
11:20am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
The Haringey Independent's Jaber Mohamed is among more than 30 people who have agreed to swap their shirts and shiny shoes for shorts and muddy trainers to raise money for a Haringey charity.
Fundraisers for mental health charity Mind in Haringey will be running the Royal Park Half Marathon in central London on October 6.
The 31 men and women hope to raise more than £10,000 and will represent the largest group from a single local charity.
Haringey Independent reporter Jaber Mohamed will be one of the people completing the 13.1mile route for the charity, based in Stapleton Hall Road, Stroud Green.
The 24-year-old said: “I was inspired because some of my family and friends suffer from mental illness.
“I have seen first hand how hard it is for them so I wanted to help and Mind do some amazing work that I’m proud to support.
“This is my first half marathon and the training has been gruelling but I think when I’m there on the day with all the other runners it’s going to be lots of fun.”
Mr Mohamed, of Gloucester Road, Tottenham, is trying to raise £300 for the charity.
Chief executive Anita Hudson said her and her staff help hundreds of people who struggle with mental illness, but the charity’s funding has faced many cuts because of the current economic situation.
Ms Hudson said: “It’s absolutely terrific to have so many people run for us and I think by doing these sorts of things people feel more involved in with the charity.
“We have had a £70,000 funding cut in the last year alone at a time when the need for mental health services is going up so support from the community is vital if we are to carry on.
“We had more than 50 people ask to run for us and I think it’s because people are starting to realise the value of what we do and they want to support us.”
Last year the charity had five runners in the event but decided to recruit more runners for this year’s event in order to raise more money.
To sponsor Mr Mohamed visit his Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here.
For more information on Mind in Haringey visit www.mindinharingey.org.uk
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