Charities’ first dawn walk proves to be a big success

By Alice Warner 

Many men, women and children turned out to raise money and awareness for Leicestershire Advocacy for Mental Health Project (LAMP) last Sunday morning (June 3).

In association with the Co-op, the event started at 3am so that individuals could celebrate by watching the beautiful summer sunrise.

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Sunrise at 4.45am

Participants walked in the footsteps of legends, in and around the Welford Road ground of the Leicester Tigers who had generously donated the use of the ground for the event.

Trevor Rigley, Co-op store manager and one of the organisers of LAMP’s dawn walk, said: “Into the light is about hope, it’s about challenging the stigma of mental health, it’s about involving communities in an idea that we can make a difference.

“Every day is a chance for a better life and what better way to celebrate than to watch the glorious sunrise and the transition from darkness into light.”

Mary Morgan, head of fundraising and general superhero pulled out all the stops with many activities taking place during the event including a tombola, garden games , and of course given the hour, tea, coffee and refreshments.

Brent Sawyer, 30, from Leicester, said: “LAMP is a fantastic charity which I believe we all need to get involved with because it’s one of those charities where there is a stigma around it.

“Hopefully this morning will achieve more awareness around mental health because it is not spoken about often enough.”

Everyone managed to get to the ground in the early hours of the morning with great big smiles on their faces to celebrate together.

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Participants after completing their 5K

Jodie Morgan, 29, from Leicester, volunteered to run the tombola and said: “I am volunteering this morning because I suffer with anxiety myself, so I wanted to help out for the charity that helped me and get the name out there.”

After the event, all participants were given goodie bags and went home full of hope and happiness.

Lamp work to promote good mental health for local people living in Leicester. Last year giving over 1,900 people a voice to be able to talk about their challenges. Lamp can be contacted by either calling 01162 556286 or via email at lamp@lampdirect.org.uk.

Responding to the event’s success, Trevor said: “If today has shown anything it is that we are stronger together, we have the biggest hearts and can challenge the stigma of mental health and accomplish anything we put our energy to.

“You are the true heroes of today. So, same again next year?”

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