Bradfords Constructing Provides is launching a ten,000-mile problem to mark this 12 months’s Psychological Well being Consciousness Week (11-16 Might), encouraging its workers to get shifting open air throughout the area whereas elevating £10,000 for its associate charity, Psychological Well being UK.
From 16 April, the Bradfords workforce has a month to cowl the person distances its members have set themselves, ending on 16 Might, the ultimate day of consciousness week. Collectively, they are going to intention to achieve or exceed their 10,000-mile goal and lift no less than £10,000 for Psychological Well being UK within the course of.
The concept was urged by Bradfords’ workforce members Dean Gerrans, Department Supervisor on the firm’s Redruth web site and Sam White, who leads the important thing accounts workforce in Plympton. Each intention to cowl 400 miles every through the course of the problem.
Organised by the Psychological Well being Basis, Psychological Well being Consciousness Week has been given “nature” as this 12 months’s theme with an intention of encouraging everybody to share within the pure world and expertise the psychological well being advantages.
Dean Gerrans, Department Supervisor at Bradfords in Redruth, mentioned: “Psychological well being is a subject near my coronary heart. Having taken up biking throughout lockdown and located it an ideal method to join with the gorgeous shoreline of my dwelling county, Cornwall, I felt it was time to offer one thing again. And so, the Westcountry 10,000 was born.
“My finest buddy and armed forces colleague was tragically killed in entrance of me in Iraq in 2006. This left an enduring impression that I used to be nonetheless fighting 10 years later. In 2015, lastly taking the choice to attempt to transfer on and recover from the occasion and its penalties, I labored with native psychological well being company, Outlook South West.
“5 years on, and I’m now capable of open up, speak about my previous and psychological wellbeing. The assist I obtained was invaluable, and so I’m so happy that with my fellow Bradfords colleagues I can now assist others who’re maybe on the same journey to the one which I used to be helped by means of.”
Psychological well being is a topic that the South West-based agency is just too acquainted with, as David Younger, CEO at Bradfords, defined: “As an organization that serves the development sector, we’re conscious of the surprising psychological well being statistics from our business, so this partnership will assist us to do extra to sort out to stigma that also exists and assist assist our prospects.
“We’re delighted to be partnered with Psychological Well being UK and the strategy of this 12 months’s nationwide Psychological Well being Consciousness Week was simply the catalyst we wanted to show Dean and Sam’s thought into one thing worthy of their enthusiasm to assist the psychological well being agenda.
“The well being advantages of spending time within the nice open air are effectively recognised and this 12 months’s Psychological Well being Consciousness Week is a superb alternative for our workforce to get out for some train in locations they already love, and even take the possibility to discover someplace new, whereas elevating funds and consciousness for such an necessary trigger.’
“Whether or not they wish to stroll, cycle, run, swim, paddle – or another method to get shifting open air – we would like as a lot of our workforce as potential to contribute to the goal and assist us increase £10,000 for this necessary trigger.”
To seize their experiences and share the wonder and inspiration they discover within the pure world, these participating have been inspired to take images or document brief movies or audio clips explaining why these locations have which means to them.
Sam White, who leads the important thing accounts workforce at Bradfords in Plympton, added, “The South West is a superb place to dwell and we’re fortunate to have shut entry to miles of scenic countryside and coast.
“Capturing our experiences on this problem is an opportunity to share what’s on our doorstep whereas reminding others of the various advantages of spending time in nature.”