Less than a month until the team walks 100!

Aug 19, 2019 in Leightons News

Leightons fundraising walk

As part of the Leightons Foundation’s fundraising efforts in 2019, team members from across the Leightons group have committed to walking 100km along the Thames Path.

This challenge is in aid of MIND, a charity provides a huge amount of support to people suffering with mental health issues.

The team taking part is:

  • Michelle Ramsier – Branch Manager, Poole
  • Jacqui Barge – Optical Hearing Assistant, Southampton
  • Helena Jenkins-Hewes – Optometrist, Winchester & Andover
  • Pete Hunt – Branch Manager, Fareham
  • Krish Hawabhay – Branch Manager, Farnham
  • Matt Toffrey – Area Manager
  • Jason Madams – Area Manager

We asked each of our staff members why this challenge was important to them and here’s what they each had to say:

"Mental health is an important issue, and often goes unnoticed. I wanted to challenge myself and do something that I have never tried before whilst also doing something to try and raise awareness of this great cause." - Michelle

"I have always wanted to do something for a great cause, and so when the idea was mentioned I jumped at the chance. Mental health often comes with a stigma, and so by doing the challenge I feel like I am contributing to the work MIND is doing to change this." - Jacqui

100km walk leightons

"I am a keen runner, but wanted to do something a bit different. Walking 100km over 2 days will not be easy, but the great work that the charity MIND do raising the profile of mental health makes the challenge worth it." - Helena

"With 1 in 4 people now suffering from a mental health condition each year, the chances are we all know someone who has or is suffering in this way. Raising money for the work that MIND does will help is available to individuals who need it." – Pete

leightons 100km run group photo

Our colleagues will be walking the 100km of the weekend of 7th and 8th September 2019, and will be sending out live updates on social media throughout the two days.