Leyburn student completes challenge to raise money for mental health charity

Sarah Manning.

A Leyburn student has raised £363 for Mind, a charity which supports people struggling with their mental health.

Sarah Manning, 15, and a Year 10 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, ran a mile each day over 27 consecutive days to highlight the percentage of university students who report a mental health concern.

Sarah said: “I kept motivated to run, even though the weather was unpredictable with many rainy and freezing cold days.

“I really enjoyed doing it and I saw many things I wouldn’t have normally paid attention to, for example sun sets and seeing cute lambs playing in the fields.

“It made me appreciate just how positive exercise and being close to nature outdoors can make you feel. I will definitely consider doing a fundraiser again and will continue to run often.”

Sarah has impressed her teachers, not only with her dedication with her running challenge but also with her determination to pursue a career in the healthcare sector.

Keen to become a mental health nurse, Sarah was successful in securing a place on the highly-competitive Next Gen Nurse programme, a NHS virtual work experience through Speakers for School.

Sarah heard from nurses who are part of the NHS Nursing ambassador network.

Sarah said: “I enjoyed listening to and asking questions of the nurses and splitting off into groups to talk.  I learnt about the different careers in nursing and ways to access them. It has definitely confirmed my career plan of wanting to be a mental health nurse.”

Sarah, along with two other Richmond students, Theodora Moumtzis and Archie Dolan, were the only students from Yorkshire to attend the online event.

There were just 50 places nationally, for Year 10 to Year 13 students, with the majority of students coming from the South of England.

Ms Mannion, careers leader, said “I have been so impressed by our students and their commitment to the NHS.

“This event was so professional and engaging and was an important stepping stone towards our students’ career goals.”

Sarah has arranged to volunteer in a local care home, later in the year, to support residents with dementia and to gain greater experience of working with people who are suffering with mental health issues.

If you would like to support Sarah, donations can still be made at https://givepenny.com/sarahmanning1_27_27