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On Monday 1 March 2021, the latest Grant Saw charity challenge begins that will see ten members of staff embark on a challenge that involves running, cycling and walking – either as a standalone activity or a mix of the three – to raise funds for BLG Mind. BLG Mind play a pivotal role for the residents of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich via counselling services, peer support groups and bespoke services for employers, employees and new or expectant parents.

Charlotte Mandy, Imelda Galvin, Jayne Lye, Lauren Smith, Lisa Warner, Maria Lati, Michael Tobin, Ray Crudgington, Saad Hameed and Simran Lalli will be taking part in the challenge that involves running or cycling 200km or walking a minimum of 10,000 daily steps during March.

Our latest challenge follows on from previous events including the Grant Saw remote yoga session which was hosted by Julia Anastasiou in July 2020 and the 100km running challenge last September. We are hopeful of surpassing the £2,000 mark in fundraising through this initiative. If you would like to support us, please click here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenging and worrying times for each and every one of us. The effects of lockdown, social distancing, the loss of loved ones and the over-consumption of some media coverage is taking a huge toll on our mental health and wellbeing. Despite the Prime Minister’s announcement on Tuesday 23 February 2021 and the subsequent roadmap out of lockdown, this is likely to have lasting effects long after lockdown is over and the country is “back to normal”.

According to a report from the Mental Health Foundation in December 2020, over half of the UK population had felt worried or anxious as a direct result of the pandemic. This certainly spiked in the build up to Christmas, particularly amongst students and the unemployed. For 53% of the UK adult population, going for a walk outside has helped them to cope with the stress of the pandemic whilst 40% felt visits to green spaces had a positive impact.

You can follow the team’s progress via our website and social media updates. Good luck to those involved.