Charlotte and I will be climbing Mount Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo on 2nd and 3rd of June in an effort to raise money for Leeds Mind.
We’ve decided to challenge ourselves and take on the tallest mountain in Malaysia and South-East Asia at 4,095m, Mount Kinabalu. It will be a tough hike; the trail combines dirt tracks, wooden planks, rocky and stoney paths to the summit. Along the way, we expect to face multiple hurdles including physical exhaustion, altitude sickness and low oxygen.
The climb will be a complete mental and physical workout but we are sure the sense of personal achievement and accomplishment at the end, as well as the money we can raise will make it all worth it.
We chose to support Leeds Mind because 1 in 4 people experience mental health difficulties at some point in their lives which is an astonishing number of people.
But mental health is also a subject close to our hearts. My mum sadly lost her brother to suicide, which still affects her to this day, and my brother has suffered a number of mental health struggles over the last few years and an ongoing battle with depression and anxiety.
Leeds Mind support the people of Leeds to discover their own resources to ‘recover’ from periods of poor mental health, and to live life independently with their mental health condition. They offer many services, including: counselling, group therapy, social support, peer support, self-directed support, social prescribing, housing support, employment support, suicide bereavement support, and mental health training. We hope that the money we raise can help Leeds Mind to continue improving the services they offer to help the Leeds community.
We are aiming to raise £250 and would appreciate any donation you can give.
Thank you all in advance for your support! We promise to treat you to some, no doubt, delightfully sweaty photos of us at the top!