Ronnie Corbett opens Positive Steps

Ronnie Corbett opened Mind in Croydon’s fundraising walk Positive Steps in Lloyd Park, Croydon on Saturday 25th May.

Over 100 people took part in the 15km Positive Steps walk to raise awareness of mental health and to help fund Mind in Croydon’s work in the community. 

Comedian and local resident Ronnie Corbett opened the inaugural Positive Steps event from the top of a London double decker bus on Saturday. The event marked national Mental Health Awareness Week and featured a Living Library on the bus, with five service users onboard providing an opportunity for the public to speak to people with lived mental health experience. 

The walk was preceded by an aerobic warm up by local group training company, Fit By Sonic, and Crystal Palace FC coach Michael Harrington, accompanied by his community football coach, ran football skills workshops during the day. Food was provided to the hungry walkers on the day by London based Japanese food experts The Sushi Experience.  

We have raised well over £2,000 from the event – a final figure will be published soon as money is still coming in.

Photos from the event are on our Facebook page, link below. Please take time to 'like' our fan page!

I'm really pleased that my thirteen year old daughter, Hayley and I came first. There were seven of us in total who completed the walk because a close friend of ours, David Smith, sadly lost his life last year through depression. We plan to do this every year now to support Mind in Croydon so that they can help others who have suffered in the way that our family has.

Daniel Newnham

I was worried that I would not be able to complete the walk but with encouragement from Mind in Croydon staff I managed to do the whole course and came third!

Keith Tidball, Social Networking Service User.

With special thanks to:

  • All of the walkers who took part.
  • Ronnie Corbett for opening the walk.
  • Liverpool Victoria and the Maudsley charity who provided funding for the event.
  • County Paramedic Resources who provided us with two fully trained paramedics who gave out lots of plasters all day for blistered feet!
  • Marina and Liene from Fit by Sonic who warmed all of the walkers up with a fantastic warm up.
  • Rachel Maloney from Veolia Environmental Services who organised removal of our rubbish.
  • Michael Harrington from Crystal Palace Football Club for coming an teaching people ball skills.
  • Lukas and Joanne from The Sushi Experience for providing top-notch sushi to everyone.
  • Striders of Croydon and Park Run who helped us with the route and lent us boundary markers.
  • Cheap Leaflets who printed our posters.
  • And finally of our wonderful volunteers and staff who gave up their Saturday to help out at the event.

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