Ipswich group aiming to raise money for mental health charity Mind and Woolverstone Centre at Ipswich Hospital in May
Eight lads from Ipswich are currently taking on a running challenge in the hope of raising vital funds for two causes.
The group of former Northgate students are running the equivalent distance of 1,428km between Land's End and John o'Groats - the whole length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities - within the month of May.
They each need to run 178.5km (111 miles, just over a marathon per week each or six kilometres per day for 30 days) for the month of May in order to meet the 1,428km target. Each member must cover their individual distance of 178.5km in the month to successfully complete the challenge.
The fundraising and physical challenge is going well for the group having raised almost £7,000 and ran more than 1,000km combined so far, but they don't want to stop there as they aim to raise as much as possible for the mental health charity Mind and the Woolverstone Centre (oncology) at Ipswich Hospital.
The funds will be split 50/50 between the two causes, with the Woolverstone Centre helping a close friend of theirs after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour last summer.
On behalf of the group, Jacob Henderson (pictured top, far right) said: "The Woolverstone Centre is the part of the hospital which deals with oncology and haematology.
"The way they have helped our friend has been admirable and he is responding well to treatment. We'd like to show our appreciation for their efforts to support him and his family.
“The second of our causes is the well known mental health charity Mind. Mental health is an issue close to the hearts of those in our friendship group, and we are also well aware that the Covid-19 pandemic will be affecting the mental wellbeing of people all over the UK and the rest of the world.
"The importance of positive mental health is now more recognised and we strongly support Mind's message that no-one should have to go through a mental health problem alone. We would like people to get the help they need, and deserve, in challenging times."
The group are all originally from Ipswich having met at Northgate Sixth Form in 2012, although some have been friends since primary school, and the large majority are ITFC fans.
Also taking on the challenge is Harrison Sharp, Chris Turner and Henry Finbow, who are all aged 24, plus Nick Larsen, Armani Schaar, David Smith and Rich Waterman, all aged 23. Their JustGiving page can be found here
Mind is a charitable partner of both the Club and the EFL and ITFC strongly support the notion of raising awareness of mental health.