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Cornish mental health unit is fundraising on 'virtual walk' of the UK

Cornish mental health unit is fundraising on 'virtual walk' of the UK

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:33am 16th June 2020. (Updated at 11:18am 16th June 2020)

An adult mental health unit in Cornwall is embarking on a virtual walk of the UK to raise funds for gym equipment.

Fundraisers aren’t letting coronavirus stop a charity hike for a mental health unit in its tracks, instead they’re taking part in a virtual hike of the UK.

Patients and staff from Longreach House in Redruth set off on Monday 1st June on their month long virtual walk between Land’s End and John O’Groats.

During the 30 days, they will cover the extraordinary distance of 874 miles without setting a foot outside the grounds of the unit, hoping their epic efforts will raise £6,500 for much-needed gym equipment.

“We have a diverse range of patients at Longreach and our current exercise equipment is limited. We hope to raise enough funds to purchase a Cardio Wall which is an amazing versatile piece of equipment and would be a hugely beneficial for patients and staff.”

Lucy McCormick, Sport and Exercise Technician at Longreach

After only 14 days, they have already covered an impressive 498 miles, now working their way through Dufton on their way to Alston.

“The challenge has come at a much needed time. It has really helped to motivate staff and patients, promoting a camaraderie of working together to achieve the target. It’s been amazing to see the patients getting really involved, tracking their steps, and walking more.”

Sam Martin, Carbis Ward Manager

Longreach Redruth
Longreach House, Redruth

One patient even wants to continue the challenge after they are discharged.

They said:"I think it is very beneficial having a Steps Challenge whilst in hospital. It gets you out in the fresh air, in nature, keeps you occupied and helps an important cause. It makes you feel part of a community."

Longreach patient

Longreach House is raising funds to purchase a CardioWall to benefit a wide range of patients.

The team says the CardioWall has been very popular in schools, gyms, physical rehab centres and retirement villages. 

You can help support Longreach House this June and help them raise £6,500 for gym equipment here.

“Engaging in physical activities has a proven evidence base for helping to improve low mood. This is because low mood is often associated with social isolation and depleted energy levels creating a vicious circle which keeps the mood depressed.

“Starting a programme of physical exercise is likely to involve social contact, and we know that getting exercise is energising in itself, kicking off an upward spiral of improved mood. It is important to start small with achievable goals, then you can enjoy feelings of success and achievement as additional positive side effects.”

Clinical Psychologist, Catherine Collins

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