Could you run a marathon for mental health in 2019?

Our charity, Heads On, is looking for people to pull on their running shoes and take on a marathon challenge in the New Year.

They need runners to take part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14 April 2019. 

The 26.2 mile course starts at Preston Park and finishes on the seafront by the iconic Palace Pier. The event regularly attracts 150,000 spectators, which creates an unbeatable atmosphere to help runners get over the finish line. 

Fundraising Officer Sarah Walker said: “Training for a marathon is a huge undertaking, and what better way to spur yourself on during those long runs than by raising money to support local people experiencing mental health difficulties? 

“Each year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. It can happen to anyone, and when it does, we do everything we can to make things better for the people who need Sussex Partnership’s support. 

“In the past we’ve helped to fund a sensory room for people living with dementia, created new garden areas at inpatient wards in Worthing and Crawley, bought materials for art therapy and supported pioneering research. None of this would have been possible without our wonderful fundraisers and every penny really does make a difference. So if you’re thinking about running a marathon next year, why not do so for Heads On and help us support our local communities.” 

Jonathan West, a senior nurse at Sussex Partnership, ran the 2018 Brighton Marathon for Heads On. He said: “It was a great day and a wonderful feeling crossing the line. I've been really humbled by the generosity of colleagues, friends and family. I managed to raise over £1,700, which is amazing. The money has been used to buy good quality audio equipment for our dementia wards, to help patients connect to the music they love, which enhances their health and wellbeing, and their experience of being in hospital.”  

It only costs £15 to register and runners are asked to raise a minimum of £450 in sponsorship. The fundraising team at Heads On is on hand to help runners with their fundraising, and can offer advice and support alongside collecting tins, sponsorship forms, leaflets and balloons to help people reach their target. 

Register now through the Heads On website. If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Sarah Walker on headsoncharity@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk or 07469 351 456.

If you already have your own place in the Brighton Marathon you can still run for Heads On. Please contact Sarah to find out how.