Press Release – Local Duo Smashes Fundraising Target for London Marathon

Local Duo Smashes Fundraising Target After Joining the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to Raise Awareness of Mental Health

Two friends from Stoke-on-Trent took on the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon last week in aid of mental health by running for The Maccas Project and North Staffs Mind as part of Team Heads Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s campaign to change the conversation on mental health.

Will Sutton and Jack Brown decided to take on the mammoth running challenge and raise money for The Maccas Project and North Staffs Mind in memory of schoolfriend, Tom ‘Maccas’ McCauley, who took his own life in 2012 aged 19 after suffering from psychosis, and close friend of Will’s, Ed Ridgway, who had been an active fundraiser for North Staffs Mind before his sudden death from a heart attack, aged 23.

Will said: “We set ourselves the goal of raising £4k to help support the work undertaken by the Maccas Project and North Staffs Mind. The London Marathon has allowed us to do something meaningful on a larger scale to raise money in the memory of two friends, and support a charity based here in Staffordshire that is helping more and more people locally. We are delighted to confirm that the total currently stands at over £5k!”

Will and Jack joined hundreds of other runners of all ages and backgrounds from across the UK who pounded the streets of London to make it the mental health marathon.

Heads Together is a campaign spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and

Prince Harry which aims to change the national conversation on mental health from one of stigma and fear to one of support. Their Royal Highnesses want to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that fear no longer prevents people talking or getting the help they need.

Heads Together was the charity of the year for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and brings together inspirational charity partners that have achieved great progress in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems.

The money raised by Will and Jack will help The Maccas Project and North Staffs Mind support the one in four live with a mental health problem every year.

Anyone wanting to support North Staffs Mind can do so by donating to their Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/maccasproject

Karen Wilson, Chief Executive at North Staffs Mind, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Will and Jack for taking on this fantastic challenge and choosing to fundraise for the North Staffs Mind, as part of Heads Together. Every penny raised will fund our work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress, primarily in North Staffordshire.”

For more information about North Staffs Mind and the services it provides see www.nsmind.org.uk.