Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Our fundraisers and how they embody kindness

I’ll start by introducing myself, my name is Gemma (Green) and I am the Community Fundraiser for Leeds Mind.  As we enter week 8 of lock down, I must admit I’m still finding this all a little surreal, working from home was something I did from time to time to catch up on my admin, but this has quickly become the norm.  Now everything is done via a range of meeting platforms, Ring Central,  Zoom?  I’m not sure I’d even heard of these before lockdown, but they are actually a great way to see people and put a face to the voice you would hear on a phone call.  It’s funny how quickly things change!

At the beginning of 2020 Leeds Mind had a full calendar of events and activities to look forward to, people taking on some amazing challenges and organising some exciting events but one by one these have been postponed or cancelled.  This is upsetting for us as a charity but also for our fundraisers, who invest so many hours in training and time to organise events.  Despite the current situation we have several people fundraising for us, some have adapted their original challenge in line with social distancing and some people have hosted virtual events.  I would just like to say a huge “thank you” we really do appreciate this.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is Kindness, something I’m sure you’ll agree we all need a little of at the moment.  I’d like to thank everyone who has shown kindness by choosing to raise funds for Leeds Mind over the past 12 months, from running 5k to Marathons, jumping out of planes, tackling gruelling obstacle courses, fitness classes, The 2.6 challenge & for the companies & organisations who have chosen Leeds Mind as their supported charity.

I can’t possibly name all the incredible people doing things for us during lockdown but I wanted to share a few of these to demonstrate the kindness they are showing our charity at a time when we need it most.

The Mednet Group

This is the third year Mednet has supported Leeds Mind with its annual charity walk.  Not letting the current situation stop them, the team is taking on the challenge remotely and aiming to cover 600km between them during Mental Health Awareness Week.  We’ve been following their progress as they post it on Instagram. Good Luck!

Colin and Keith Johnstone #TwinPower

We are delighted that Team Leeds Mind has the support of Colin & Keith Johnstone, the amazing running twins. The pair only took up running as recently as 2015, and have gone from completing a 5k park run to taking on the Yorkshire Marathon in just 5 months. There really is no stopping them!

Colin was due to take part in this year’s London Marathon, but not wanting to give up on the chance of a 26.2 mile run, both Colin and Keith pounded the streets as part of The 2.6 challenge.   Thank you both for all you do for Leeds Mind; we truly do appreciate your support.

Denise Goddard

Denise has been supporting and fundraising for Leeds Mind for several years, organising sports days and through her amazing Active Life sessions at Holt Park and Morley Sports Centres. Her latest challenge (this is a tough one) is to do 100 kick ups; anyone who has tried this will know how difficult this is! So far, she has managed an amazing 73 kick ups and raised £174.  Come on, Denise! We know you can do it 🙂


The team at Zenith Car and Van has set themselves the huge challenge of covering 3500km in a mere 7 days.  This combined effort has seen the team dusting the cobwebs off their bikes, digging out the trainers and walking boots and covering as many Kilometres as they can.  This is a huge distance, but we know you can do it.

Thank you to all our wonderful, imaginative, determined and ambitious fundraisers!

If you’d like more information on the work we do or if you would like to fundraise for Leeds Mind, please drop me an email: