This article originally appeared in the South London Press on 17/10/16.
Lambeth and Southwark Mind have teamed up with local news teams South London Press and London Weekly News to launch the Change Is Possible mental health campaign.
Our Change Is Possible campaign is off to a flying start with more than £3,000 raised towards life-changing mental health treatments.
Thanks to the support of South London Press and London Weekly News and their readers, we have already smashed through the first fundraising target – just seven days into the appeal.
The money will make a real difference to Londoners in crisis, helping us to provide a range of services and treatments for those in need.
Thousands of pounds were raised last weekend as our inspirational Change Is Possible athletes strapped on their running shoes for the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
A team of seven dedicated fundraisers took on the challenge, racing round the 13.1-mile central London course in record time.
It means we have already raised enough money to fund one of our peer support groups for three months.
The service provides regular opportunities for people living with or recovering from mental health problems to share their experiences with others and stay healthy together.
Ajay Khandelwal, our chief executive, was among the runners who took on the half marathon challenge on Sunday (9th October). He raced around the course in a blistering time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.
“It was a fantastic event to kick off our appeal and I’m so proud of all our Change Is Possible runners for completing the course,” he said.
“We have already had a great response to our campaign in the community and we hope the donations will continue to pour in now that we have got the ball rolling.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. Your contributions are already making a big difference.”
Ajay was joined by South London Press reporter Jack Dixon, as well as David Monk, Teddy Crane, Chloe McCulloch, Jane Hayes Greenwood and Chris Ng at the race.