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Community / Fun run to go ahead despite lack of sponsor

Participants at the start of Mind Your Head's fun run at Cunningsburgh on Sunday. Photo: Malcolm YoungerParticipants at a previous Mind Your Head fun run at Cunningsburgh. Photo: Malcolm Younger

THIS year’s Mind Your Head fun run will go ahead despite the mental health charity failing to secure a sponsor for the annual event.

The fundraising run and walk, which covers either 5km or 10km, will take place in Cunningsburgh on Sunday 2 June.

It is being held earlier in the summer to avoid clashing with other events, which has contributed to the number of participants falling in recent years.

Mind Your Head service manager Anouska Civico admitted that the charity toyed with the idea of cancelling the run due to the lack of a sponsor, but “there is so much support and an expectation from the local community that it didn’t seem right”.

The run has been held every year since the mid-2000s and thousands of people have taken part over the years.

“This year is slightly different in that we are asking the public to re-use one of their old Mind Your Head t-shirts,” Civico added.

“There is a huge awareness about recycling and reducing waste that it seemed to make sense for us to take that a step further, getting people to reuse an old MYH t-shirt.

“Often when you are out and about you come across someone wearing an old t-shirt, so on the day it will be great to see an assortment of t-shirts from over the last 13 years.”

Organisers are asking people to arrive on the day for 1.30pm, with the warm-up and run starting at 2pm. Teas will also be served in the hall.

Entry to the run is free but donations are encouraged.

The fun run is Mind Your Head’s largest event of the year and it aims to bring people together and raise awareness of the work the charity does.

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