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Mind in Furness women's Group raise hundreds during RED January
Mind in Furness Women's Group receive their medals for raising lots of cash during RED january

MIND in Furness's Women's Group raised hundreds of pounds for us during RED January.

The Barrow charity joined forces with four other Cumbrian branches to raise awareness of mental health in the county through a fitness challenge at a local gym. R.E.D (Run Every Day) January is a fitness movement sweeping the nation, encouraging people to use physical activity to promote mental wellbeing. Those taking part are pledging from five minutes a day to 5 or 10k and beyond for 31 consecutive days.

Mind Women's group receive their medals for taking part in RED January

Keen to make the challenge as accessible as possible, R.E.D organisers encouraged alternative activities to suit different fitness levels such as walking, cycling or swimming. By taking part in the challenge, R.E.D January invited people to kick-start 2017 in the most positive way possible, helping to make a difference to people’s lives, including their own.

Members of Mind in Furness receive their medals for taking part in RED January

Eighties sensation Wiggie headed to Diane Singleton’s studio DS Fitness on Abbey Road last week to take part in an eighties inspired exercise classes for RED January. Clive Donaldson, aka "Wiggie" taught Take That's Jason Orange to dance and was a star of the television programme "The Hitman And Her.” He made his name on the hit show presented by Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan which featured night clubs around the country and was happy to support the Mind in Furness event which raised nearly £70 on the night.

Wiggie with some of our members and ladies who took part in the RED January class at DS Fitness

The key message from Mind is that physical and mental health are so closely linked that exercise is not just great for our bodies, it’s beneficial to our mental health and wellbeing too. Physical exertion can reduce anxiety, feelings of stress and the risk of depression. Exercising creates clearer thinking, a greater sense of calm and increases your self-esteem. In fact, if you have a diagnosis of mild to moderate depression, your GP might suggest you do some exercise to lift your mood because it can be a more effective treatment than taking antidepressants.

Women's Group members receive their medal from centre manager Mel Gilmour for taking part in RED January

Melanie Gilmour, Service manager at the Mind in Furness Well-Being Centre, School Street said: “The first week in it really gave me an incentive to take part in exercise and got me back to the gym. It hurt! But, it’s really given me an incentive to get back into exercise. “I'm really proud of all the staff and members here at Mind in Furness, who took part. “The winter months are incredibly difficult for many people who experience mental health problems, so it’s really important to raise awareness while actively promoting mental and physical wellbeing. "All money raised in Mind in Furness through R.E.D January will go towards helping provide much needed support to vulnerable individuals in our community." The RED event raised nearly £500 for Mind in Furness.

Mind in Furness Women's Group receiving their medals fro centre manager Mel Gilmour

Barrow Fitness guru Diane Singleton, whose gym and shop is on Abbey Road, said she really enjoyed the event. She said: “We were really pleased to take part in RED January and raising money for a charity which works with people in our local community. “We have people coming to us who have mental health issues and exercise se can really help. Getting out for even an hour can change people’s frame of mind. I understand it isn’t for everyone but exercise can really lift your spirits."

Women's Group members receive their medals from centre manager Mel Gilmour for RED January




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