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In early 2021, Leeds Mind’s work had become more important than ever because of the mental health impact of the pandemic. This meant we needed to help more people at a time when our fundraising income had been hit by cancelled events and the national lockdowns, leaving us needing to do more with less.

That’s why we launched our #LeedsMind50kAppeal, in a bid to raise money to help tackle the mental health emergency in and around Leeds.  

Now that the appeal has come to an end, we wanted to share its success, and say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who got involved and supported.  

How much did we raise?

Our community banded together and raised an amazing £22,581.50 

This is the total at the time of writing, and we know there are even more donations still coming in. What a fantastic result! 

We knew our initial target of £50k was extremely ambitious, especially at a time when both individuals and organisations are dealing with the uncertainty caused by coronavirus. But we felt we needed to be bold and aim high for our community 

It is thanks to this ambition, as well as the hard work of our team and all our generous supporters that we were able to raise such a fantastic amount. We are blown over by what our community has achieved together and couldn’t be more grateful.  

The money raised will allow us to work sustainably and ensure we are here for the long term to support better mental health for all in our communityso thank you to all who got involved! 

See more details on who got involved below, and further down find out ‘what’s next’ if you want to find ways to support us now the campaign has ended.  

How did our community do it?

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our amazing community. Here are just some of the supporters that have taken on challenges in the name of better mental health for all: 

Nick and Lucy Milligan, 2 Minds Together, 100km Challenge  

Husband and wife team Nick & Lucy, who produce the 2 Minds Together blog, put on their trainers at the beginning of March and challenged themselves to run 100k between them throughout the month.  

Unfortunately Nick picked up an injury at the beginning of the challenge resulting in Lucy covering a few extra miles but he was soon back on track and they completed the 100km on 31st March raising an amazing £490 

As well as raising money for us, their blog is doing some fantastic work in getting people talking about mental health, so we’d encourage you to check it out. Thank you, Nick and Lucy! 

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Adam Wider, 4 x 4 x 48 Challenge 

took on the physically and mentally demanding David Goggins 4 x 4 x 48 Challenge which involved running 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48hours (imagine that!) Adam managed to raise an incredible £2110.07, so thank you to Adam as well as everyone who supported him and cheered him on.  

LCC Healthy Minds, 500km during March 

Leeds City Council Healthy Minds is the LCC staff group encouraging people to share more about mental health, and promoting good mental wellbeing. The team took on the challenge to collectively walk 500km during March. Their final distance as an incredible 810km and although this was a virtual event this was an amazing team building and morale boosting challenge raising £567.00. Well done and thank you, team LCC Healthy Minds! 

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Neil Vary, Virtual Lands End to John OGroats  

Neil Vary set himself an incredible challenge of virtually cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats in just 8 weeks. Neil is already ahead of schedule and as of 31st March had already covered 542 miles out of 1,083.80 so far his fundraising total is £649.55He’s also been posting some brilliant photos on his Instagram account, @neilvaryphotography, so head over there to follow his progress right to the end.  

Sainsburys Local Hyde Park, raffle prizes 

The at Sainburys Local Hyde Park kindly supported our appeal by donating a fabulous hamper full of chocolate and wine and prosecco valued at over £70. The hamper was raffled and the prize was delivered just in time for easter! The raffle entries raised £190, so thanks so much to the Sainsburys team for getting creative in their support.  

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Filthy Soup, donating proceeds from HUGS tee 

Filthy Soup designs and sells a collection of fun, bold, honest artwork for cards, teeshoodies and more are kindly donating the profits from the sale of the “HUGS” tshirt. Take a look at this amazing tee and visit their online shop Thanks so much to Marianne of Filthy Soup for their support, and to anyone who has bought a tee. 

Hook Yarn & Ginger, donating for every sale of Positivipeas  

Hook Yarn & Ginger sells lovingly handmade crochet items, from blankets to teddies and much in-between. During March, for every bag of 10 of their amazing Positivipeas sold, business owner Charli donated £2 to support the #LeedsMind50kAppeal. If you’d like to get your hands on some of these guys or to take a look at what else is on offer visit: Thank you to Hook Yarn & Ginger and all of Charli’s customers! 

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Leeds University School of Law, Move in March   

Staff and students at Leeds Uni’s School of Law set themselves the challenge to “Move in March”. The challenge asked staff and students to walkrun and cycle as far as possible during 2 weeks. The group raised a fantastic £514 – thank you to everyone who got involved and supported! 

Matthew Lawsonwalking challenge 

rediscovered his love of waking during the last 12 months and the positive benefits it has had on his own mental health – so pulled on his walking boots at the beginning of March with the challenge of completing 310miles during the month – I’m delighted to say he completed his challenge ahead of schedule and even added a few extra miles on the final day 😊 raising £330.00 

Ruby Brannon, 26mile Cycle  

14-year-old Ruby from Leeds saw our 50k appeal and chose to cycle an amazing 26 miles on Saturday 27th March. The weather wasn’t on her side but this didn’t stop her completing her amazing challenge and raising a fantastic £290.00Well done and thank you, Ruby! And thanks to all your supporters.  

Faser Bramley, Gaming Live Stream 

Faser Bramley, or tz1epiczzz, hosted a Live stream playing Minecraft on PC for over 36 hours. Faser and his supporters raised an amazing £201 – thank you, Faser! Hope you’ve caught up on your sleep now! 

There’s too many to list in one place, so thank you to absolutely everyone who got involved and donated, or even simply shared our content on social media. We truly couldn’t do what we do without all of you, and that’s been especially true during this strange and difficult period.  

What's next?

Just because our appeal is over, doesn’t mean the work is finished.  

Our fundraising team works tirelessly throughout the year to make sure Leeds Mind is here for the long termto offer mental health support to everyone and anyone who needs it.  

If you’re inspired to support our vital work, there’s lots of ways you can do it: 

  • Join #TeamLeedsMind at an event this year
  • Fundraise for Leeds Mind
  • #CarryTheBurden
  • Spread the word

Join #TeamLeedsMind at an event this year 

Looking for a challenge for 2021? Join our team to help make mental health everyone’s business. 

All events will take place subject to Government guidelines.  

Events include walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks, tackling the Total Warrior obstacle course, running the Leeds half, Leeds 10k or Yorkshire Marathon, and even hot-footing it over fire with our very own Firewalk event! 

Interested in signing up? Email  

Fundraise for Leeds Mind 

Get together with friends or colleagues, or take on a solo challenge, and fundraise for Leeds Mind.  

We have ideas on our website for virtual fundraising link, or if you have an excellent idea of your own, get in touch with our fantastic fundraising team link who can help bring your ideas to life!

Carry the Burden 

Our next big fundraiser is #CarryTheBurden, our annual awareness campaign. Learn more and get involved here: #CarryTheBurden 2021 – Leeds Mind

Spread the word 

We know not everyone is in a position to donate time or money to our cause. Believe it or not, simply following us on social media and Liking/Sharing/Commenting on our content is hugely helpful to us, because it means that more people in and around Leeds will be aware of us and the support services we offer. If you do nothing else for us today, simply go and follow us on social: