We are always amazed at how far people will go to support our work. But whether it’s £5 from a cake sale – or £5,000 from a charity ball – every donation makes a huge difference and helps support our vital services.
Team MSK take on the 3 Peaks
In June 2023, Jon Doughty and his team of intrepid hikers from MSK undertook the 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of BLG Mind. This is not a challenge for the fainthearted with the goal of hiking the 3 highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales within a 24 hour period.
It’s not just a physically and mentally gruelling challenge to hike these 3 peaks but to do so without sleep and ensuring the transport logistics work out requires considerable training and planning.
Yet despite some extreme heat and aching muscles, the MSK team of 6 were not deterred and summitted Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 28 hrs, raising a remarkable £2,636 for BLG Mind in the process.
Supporters work up a sweat
Energetic fundraisers took part in a zumbathon for BLG Mind in January 2023 at Crofton Halls in Orpington, part of the Mytime Active group.
Four enthusiastic instructors, pictured right, led dozens of women – and a few men – through a series of high-energy dances, raising nearly £1,000 for our vital services.
Further funds were generated by a raffle featuring donations from local businesses.
Sarah Elston, Wellbeing Lead for Mytime Active in Orpington, was the main organiser.
Sarah said: “We are biased but we think our members here at Mytime Active are the best!”
Check out some highlights from the event
Hugo's marathon effort
Hugo Cohn took on the Thames Meander Marathon in November 2022 to raise funds for the Bromley Dementia Support Hub which cared for the mother of his good friend Becky.
He says: “The Dementia Hub was a massive support to Becky, whose mother was sadly diagnosed with dementia at a young age. Having had family members suffer from dementia myself, it has always been a cause close to my heart and it was an honour to raise money for a local charity who had helped my friend and her family so much.”
Hugo decided running a marathon was the ideal way to raise funds after getting bitten by the running bug during lockdown. He says: “I’ve run fairly casually for a few years, but during lockdown I found it a great way to decompress and get some much-needed fresh air. Running has done wonders for my mental health and I always say to myself ‘you always feel better after a run’ as way to force myself out the door.
Buoyed up by the support he had on the day, Hugo completed the event in an impressive three hours and 52 minutes. “I definitely had the biggest crowd at the race (Hugo’s supporters pictured below) and they kept me going when I was really struggling towards the end.”
Following his sterling effort, Hugo enjoyed a pub meal with friends and family.
He is deeply grateful to everyone who supported him, especially those who turned up on the day.
“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who donated to such a worthy cause, and to those who got up early on a cold November morning to support me. Everyone I’ve spoken to had their own story of how dementia has affected their life so it was great to be able to raise money that will help people locally who have to live with the effects of dementia.
“BLG Mind is such a fantastic organisation that helps so many people on a local level. I’ve seen how they helped a very close friend of mine and her family when they were going through an incredibly difficult and upsetting situation. The way they create such a personal relationship with the community they support is amazing to see.
“Raising money for BLG Mind will help them to go out and support so many other people.”
Hugo raised £1,665 which, with match-funding from his company, brought in a fantastic £3,330 in total.
“BLG Mind is such a fantastic organisation that helps so many people on a local level. I’ve seen how they helped a very close friend of mine and her family when they were going through an incredibly difficult and upsetting situation.”
Jane raised an amazing £925 while achieving one of her greatest ambitions.
She said: “As I am reaching a milestone birthday, I decided decided I would love to fulfil one of my biggest dreams: wing-walking, and in so doing also raise money for my local charity, Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind. I chose BLG Mind as they supported both dad and myself when he was suffering with dementia.”
Having a ball
Natalie Payne is a volunteer who has masterminded a successful annual charity ball in aid of BLG Mind three years running, raising around £5,000 at each event.
“Having suffered from depression for a number of years and having received some incredible support from BLG Mind, I hold the Ball to raise money in the hope that at least one other person could receive the same support in their time of need.”Natalie Payne