2013/14 MAYOR'S CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Promoting Mental Wellbeing for over 20 years
Stars of the future help raise record funds
Good weather was the order of the day as Mayor Cllr Ronen Basu made his first visit to his chosen charity’s annual Fun Run event. The day started misty and overcast but as competitors started to arrive blue skies appeared and temperatures rose as the action got under way. In its ninth year Tunbridge Wells Mental Health have seen their numbers rise steadily at their fundraising event at Tonbridge School. The fun started with the Toddler’s dash which saw our stars of the future aged between 2 – 4 years emerging as they sprinted their way to the finish line where they all received their well-deserved medals and goodies.
Fifteen minutes later the older children took to the start line for the 800m event. Early leader and convincing winner 10 year old Scott Hall, a Tonbridge Athletic club member won in fine style in 2 minutes 52 seconds as he led the race from start to finish. Poppy Morrison also ran strongly throughout to finish in second place just ahead of Huxley Crush returning for a second year to finish in 3 minutes 01 seconds and 3 minutes 06 respectively.
The main 5K event this year saw the return of a previous winner Dan Bradley who left nothing to chance and took the lead from the gun. As an established Tonbridge Athletic Club runner Dan extended his lead throughout to finish in fine style1 minute and 19 seconds ahead of the rest of the field recording a time of 15 minutes 40 seconds beating his previous times for the course. In second place it was good to see last year’s third place George Bourne who took the prize for the first Junior man home finishing in 16 minutes 59 seconds. Third place was taken by another newcomer Tonbridge School teacher Jonathan Blake finishing in a time of 18 minutes exactly.
In the ladies challenge finishing in 4th place overall was another previous winner, Tina Oldershaw, who took the senior ladies prize finishing in 18 minutes 12 seconds. Junior ladies winner Genny Allan, finished very strongly in 19 minutes 54 seconds in 9th place overall.
MHR’s fundraiser and event organiser Diane Bradley said “We are delighted to be the Mayor’s chosen charity and as one of the many events held this year, our annual Fun Run continues to go from strength to strength. This year we had our highest number of entries and raising over £1400 with additional sponsorship still coming in. I would like to thank everyone who attended for their amazing generosity especially the help and support of my family, colleagues and friends who all help to make this such a great community event whilst raising awareness of mental health issues in Kent. I am very grateful once again to our sponsors ID & C Ltd & Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. In addition we were also generously supported by Millsons Vending, Rusbridge Bakers and Tonbridge School”
Supported by local companies:
Insurance Brokers backs local Mental Health Charity
We are delighted to announce that Lovat Insurance Brokers Ltd have started advertising their new Business Insurance Scheme on KMFM radio and will shortly be advertising in Index Magazine. They have agreed to donate part of their commission from this scheme to our charity. To visit their website please click here.