Love Island’s Tommy Fury teams up with Alder Hey Children’s Charity to support children’s mental health appeal
3 years ago
Love Island and boxing star Tommy Fury is the new ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity’s Million Miles Challenge.
Tommy is fronting a drive to ask people to sign up to the charity’s Million Miles Challenge, encouraging people to pledge to walk, cycle, swim or run a collective distance of one million miles by 2022, helping raise important funds for children’s mental health services at Alder Hey.
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The Challenge combines exercise and improving young people’s mental health which are two passions of Tommy.
All proceeds from the challenge will be donated to Alder Hey Children’s Charity’s 7in10 Children’s Mental Health Appeal which is aiming to raise vital funds to enhance inpatient and community mental health services at Alder Hey, enabling more children to access the treatment they need at the time they need it.
“Exercise is proven to benefit mental health, so what better way to support young people who need access to proper mental health services than to walk, run, cycle or swim and help Alder Hey to reach a collective million miles for children’s mental health by 2022.
“It’s easy to do your bit, whether that’s a little at a time, day by day, or by setting yourself amazing challenges like doing a marathon, it all adds up!”
To register just sign up for free via the website here.
Then pledge what distance you want to do for children’s mental health and get your trainers, walking boots or cleats on and start building up those miles. You can even see how you rank against everyone else who has signed up.
Participants have the option to receive a running box, including an exclusive Alder Hey t-shirt like the one Tommy is wearing.
Fiona Ashcroft, CEO of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity said:
“We are so excited to have Tommy join us a Challenge Ambassador. The challenge supports our 7in10 Children’s Mental Health Appeal which was launched earlier this year by Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas to transform the way mental health services are delivered to children and young people.
“Having Tommy head up the challenge for us, especially as the impact of COVID increases the demands on young people’s mental health services in the UK, is amazing. Encouraging other young people to take part, join in and raise funds for their peers is an incredibly power thing to do, and we can’t thank Tommy enough for helping us get the message out there!”
The 7in10 Children’s Mental Health Appeal, highlighting that 70% of young people in the UK with a mental health condition miss out on vital mental health interventions as an early enough age in the UK, aims to raise an ambitious £3million to improve inpatient and community health services at Alder Hey, giving more children access to the treatment they need, when they need it, and by transforming the way mental health services are delivered to children and young people.