Freddie’s marathon effort for Minds Up

Freddie with BLG Mind’s Hannah Lynn, left, and Amy Kirk-Smith

Freddie Brown smashed his fundraising target of £3,000 in the London Marathon on Sunday 2 October for a cause close to his heart.

The television account manager has now raised nearly £4,000 for Minds Up, a training programme created by BLG Mind which aims to increase secondary school pupils’ awareness of poor mental health and how to access support. Freddie ran the marathon in memory of his friend Oliver Stubbs, who tragically died by suicide in November 2020.

“Oli and I were connected through our parents, who worked together and have known each other for years. We were all in and out of each other’s lives as we grew up,” he said.  

Despite injuring his knee just eight miles in, Eddie ploughed on to complete the iconic 26.2-mile race.

Freddie pauses mid-race to greet BLG Mind’s Hannah

Cheering him on from BLG Mind were Hannah Lynn, training coordinator for Minds Up, and Amy Kirk-Smith, manager of the South East London Suicide Bereavement Service.

Hannah said: “It was very emotional. Freddie did so well, and made it to the end despite sustaining an injury. He is such a trooper.”

Discussing why he chose to support Minds Up, Freddie said: “Schools play a huge part in shaping the lives of the younger generation and they absolutely should have the funding to implement projects that raise awareness of mental health and challenge the taboos in not speaking out.

“What a day. What a memory. Yes, I can say I have run a marathon now, but it’s another thing to say that I’ve raised nearly £4,000 in doing so. Money which can truly transform someone’s life for the better.

“I cannot thank everyone enough for supporting this worthy project and charity in Oli’s name. It was so humbling to run alongside runners all doing something for their own reasons, and I would implore anyone thinking of doing the London Marathon to do it. It was magical.”

Don tackles the Royal Parks Half Marathon in daughter’s memory

In other Minds Up fundraising news, Don Harrington is taking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 9 October. Don is running in memory of his daughter, Laura, a former Bromley school pupil.  

On his fundraising page, Don writes: “Almost two years ago our lives were shattered when our daughter, Laura, died by suicide having suffered with depression.

“She was a beautiful, talented young woman of 35, who had dedicated her life to the service of others through her work in the charity sector. The world is a much poorer place without her.

“This is the first time  that I have undertaken any kind of run so it will be quite a challenge. I will greatly appreciate your support for Minds Up and hope that our efforts will help another family avoid the trauma that we have suffered.”

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There’s still time to support Freddie. If you’d like to make a donation, please visit his Just Giving page.

If you would like to sponsor Don, please visit his Just Giving page.

For more information about Minds Up, visit the Minds Up page.