A Leyburn student is setting herself the target of running 27 miles over 27 days in aid of Mind, a charity which supports people struggling with their mental health.
Sarah Manning, 14, and a Year 10 student at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, is aiming to pursue a career in healthcare and wanted to do something to help others, especially during the lockdown.
The number of miles Sarah is running has a particular significance – she is raising money in solidarity with the 27 per cent of university students who report a mental health problem.
Sarah will start her daily run on March 1.
She said: “I am hoping to work in the healthcare sector after I finish my studies, and as I cannot directly help those in need of help myself yet, I would like to raise money and donate to an organisation that can.
“I chose to do my running challenge in aid of Mind, as I think it is very important to support charities that can potentially help us or someone we care about in the future to help improve their wellbeing.”
Richmond School headteacher Jenna Potter said: “I am so impressed with Sarah for taking the initiative and devoting her free time to train for this challenge.
“Sarah is fitting her daily run around her home learning. She has also found time to apply for virtual work experience, and has recently been successful in securing highly-sought-after placements with both the NHS and the Royal Academy Sandhurst.
“Sarah is showing high levels of resilience and independence and the compassion she is showing by thinking of others at this difficult time is admirable.”
Sarah has set herself a fundraising target of £300.
If you would like to support Sarah, donations can be made at https://givepenny.com/sarahmanning1_27_27
Sarah will be running as part of a much larger group of people across the country who are also taking part in this event.
Further information on how to join the 27/27 challenge is available at https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/donate-or-fundraise/take-on-an-active-challenge/run-for-mind/27-27/