Thank you for taking the time to visit our Just Giving page, we're back again for 2018 with a brand new challenge and super worthwhile cause.
This year we have decided to raise as much money as possible for Mind In Mid Herts. They are an innovative and experienced provider of mental health services in Mid Hertfordshire and have well being centres in St. Albans, Stevenage, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City.
Currently 1 in 100 of us will have a severe mental health problem at some stage in our lives and unfortunately the number of people experiencing a mental health problem at work has increased over 5 years from a quarter to a third. Additionally the economic cost of mental illness in the UK is far greater than the total cost of crime and your support is crucial to them making a difference to people in Hertfordshire.
But sadly there is a much bigger reason why we have chosen to raise funds for this charity.
Jan Ward was a dedicated member of the Mind In Mid Herts team and work tirelessly to make other peoples lives better. Jan was not only a lovely person but also a family member to one of our very own Trekkers.
Jan sadly passed away last October and she is missed greatly by those whose lives she touched...
"Jan Ward was an amazing person I say this as her little sister, she didn’t suffer fools gladly so I suppose it’s surprising that she applied to set up a new mental health office in Welwyn Garden City. Jan was always changing her job as a teenager in fact our Dad said she would be up for a gold watch if she stayed in the same job for more than a couple of months, so when she saw the advert for someone to head up a brand new office she thought 'why not' and applied she came back from the interview doubting herself as there were lots of social work trained applicants, but when she got the job she set about opening “The Bridge” a drop in centre for people with mental health issues. She took to it like a duck to water working tirelessly for her clients (most of them had no family) sorting benefits and running a Friday coffee club where they could chat and socialise, other peoples lives became her life and she couldn't of been happier. Each Christmas she and our Mum would buy, cook, and serve a magnificent buffet for the Xmas party.
Sadly she passed away suddenly from an enlarged heart in October last year, which is funny as she had the biggest heart of anyone I know. I miss her like you wouldn’t believe but her last wish was that at her funeral there were no flowers but donations to MIND, so I thank you in advance for any sponsorship you give to this fine band of lunatics she would be so proud." by Gwen Hares - Jan's little sister.
So what is the challenge I hear all you lovely people ask...
This years challenge is The Yorkshire Three Peaks.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours.
These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.
The Tewin Trekkers dedicate this challenge to Jan Ward and all the lovely people at Mind In Mid Herts.
Please sponsor us with whatever you can, someday you may need a hand to hold or someone to listen.
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