Sponsored NHS walk and run raises thousands for local mental health services

Thousands of pounds has been raised for local NHS mental health services following this year’s Walk and Woof for Wards event.

Hundreds of people – many of them with their dogs – gathered at Glynde Estate in East Sussex for the sponsored 5km and 10km walk and run on Saturday, May 18, organised by Heads On, the official charity of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

More than 200 staff, service users, carers, family and members of the public came together for the annual event making it the most successful ever. So far, £6,000 has already been raised and sponsorship money continues to pour in.

Many of the pooches on the day are pet therapy dogs that support patients and service users in hospital as they recover from mental illnesses.

Fifi the 2 year old miniature Shetland Pony also trotted the 5km route – she’s used at the Trust’s Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing.

Felicity Louden, from Heads On, said: “Walk for Wards is such a special event, bringing together people (and animals!) from all walks of life to support local mental health and learning disability services. Many teams take part together and people bring along the whole family to show their support, it’s a really uplifting event and we are so grateful to everyone who got involved this year".  

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services for children and adults in Sussex as well as services for children and young people in Hampshire.