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Fundraiser Stories: Bath & the Half give mental health boost to young runner

RUH Administrator Jess Sowton, 25, is running the Bath Half this year in aid of the Carers’ Centre. This is Jess’s second half marathon and she hopes to get close to a two hour run this time around. There’s still time to join Team Carers in this year’s Bath Half — sign up here!

Originally from Hampshire, Jess moved to Bath last year after struggling with her mental health and deciding to step out of her comfort zone.

“I realised that I wasn’t happy with where I was in life — I didn’t really know what I wanted from the future, my mental health was suffering, and I knew I wasn’t challenging myself and felt unsatisfied with everything,” says Jess.

Recent research (the Guardian) shows that more than one in four women aged 16-24 now report symptoms of common mental health conditions like depression and anxiety – a rise from 21% when the study was last carried out in 2007.

Jess felt an improvement in herself after the move.

“I moved out of my flat, left my job, and moved to a new city — enter Bath! I got myself a job and things just fell into place. It was a challenge in terms of pushing myself into so many new environments.

“I am lucky to have family and friends to support me, but by making myself face the fact that I needed to change my situation has made me so much more confident. I want to keep challenging myself to seek the best that I can get out of life.”

As well as uprooting her life, Jess found that exercise really helped her lift her mood and feel fitter and healthier.

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Over Black Friday? Try Giving Tuesday!

charity_1_14310243_8colWe’ve been bombarded with sales this week in the lead up to Black Friday, one of the UK’s biggest shopping days. But Christmas is the season of giving so we’re kicking off December by taking part in Giving Tuesday!

We’ve joined more than 1,000 UK charities and businesses as an official partner of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving at the start of the festive season.

Led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation, Giving Tuesday takes place on December 1 and is an opportunity for charities, families, businesses, community centres and students to come together to do something good for a cause they care about.

We are hoping to fundraise for carers at Christmas which can be a difficult time.

Giving Tuesday is a chance to connect with the local community and share and celebrate all the great work our staff and volunteers do, as well as giving us a chance to thank donors and raise awareness.

We’re asking for people to give £3 this Giving Tuesday to support carers over the Christmas break, which can be an isolating and stressful time.

You can donate online here or share with your friends. Or you might want to get together and hold your own fundraiser or even volunteer with us. Get in touch on 01761 431 388! Get involved on social media by using #GivingTuesday.