Victoria’s fancy walk for charity

Walkers on the 12-mile sponsored hike
Walkers on the 12-mile sponsored hike

A fancy dress charity walk helped raise more than £1,200 for St Helens Mind.

More than 20 people laced up their walking shoes to take on a sponsored 12-mile walk through Eccleston and Rainford.

The hike former Rainford High pupil, Victoria Mills, who saw first-hand how mental illness can affect people when a friend was diagnosed with bi-polar.

Victoria Mills said: “Everybody who took part has done themselves proud by getting involved, helping with ideas, raising awareness and pestering people for sponsorship!

“St Helens Mind is a fantastic local charity and I am delighted with the amount of money raised. I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everybody who donated.”

Many people suffer in silence due to the stigma that still surrounds mental health difficulties.

As well as providing support through a befriending service, St Helens Mind also helps raise awareness of this very important issue that affects one in four people at some time in their lives.

Eccleston councillor Michael Haw, who took part in the charity walk, said: “St Helens Mind is a brilliant local charity. The kind donations from local people will go a long way to help St Helens Mind continue the excellent work done across St Helens.”