Annual Wellbeing Walk marks World Mental Health Day
The Charitable Foundation’s annual Wellbeing Walk returned for the second time on Saturday 14 October at Heaton Park to celebrate the charity and mark World Mental Health Day.
The warm weather made it a perfect day to enjoy a 5km walk, or a 10km run, around the park. An enjoyable day was had by all as around 50 staff, their families, members of the public and their furry friends joined together to improve their wellbeing and raise funds for our local communities.
Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to mental wellbeing. It improves confidence, esteem, mood and sleep quality and can also reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. The Wellbeing Walk encouraged everyone to get walking, get talking and provided a welcoming and supportive environment.
A range of activities for families were on offer, including face painting, a treasure hunt as well as having a sit in a fire engine from the Greater Manchester Fire Service.
Trust Chairman, John Schofield, officially opened the walk and celebrated the achievements of the charity saying, “Since launching the charity last year, we have supported a range of projects throughout the Trust which have already impacted our communities. As we continue to develop the charity, we look forward to making a real difference to our patients and supporting many more initiatives that go beyond what the NHS would usually fund. We would like to thank all our supporters and look forward to what the next year brings.”
Once again our fabulous furry friends stole the event and this year, were encouraged to dress up for a best dressed dog competition. The outfits certainly provided a conversation point as the wellbeing walkers made their way around the park.