CARING members of Evesham Vale Running Club were on hand to hand over a cheque for £4,500 to Evesham and District Mental Health Support Services at the town’s latest parkrun.
Leanne Dean, chair of Evesham Vale Running Club handed over the donation ahead of the latest in a popular series of runs last Saturday.
The cash was raised from the proceeds of the town’s 10K race which was held in July and once again attracted runners from across the county.
“Our runners were pleased to run for the local charity and the race committee was thankful for all the help that was provided by the charity on the day of the race,” she said.
Jayne Nation, trustee of the charity, thanked the running club and all those who had run the 10K for the incredible amount that had been raised.
“We struggle for funding at times as we are not a large charity. We receive no government funding in fact no statutory funding at all,” she said,
“We thank everyone for helping us to raise awareness of our charity. It is no secret that the benefits of exercise and sport are beneficial to those who experience mental health issues and as an organisation EDMHSS are certainly encouraging our members to get involved.
“EDMHSS would like to say a very heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of the organisers and participants who took part.”
Coun John Smith who attended the presentation said: “It was good to see a large group of people taking part in the parkrun, particularly young people taking up the challenge.
“Exercise is an excellent way of improving health outcomes. Any exercise such as running, walking and general exercise goes towards improving health.
“This is particularly of interest to me in my role as cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing at the County Council in Worcester and is also one of the priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Board.”