Launch of community running club in Spalding

Vanessa Hills, of Community Mind Matters.
Vanessa Hills, of Community Mind Matters.
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A new running club is being launched in Spalding to help promote mental health and wellbeing through exercise.

It’s an offshoot of Community Mind Matters, which was set up in December to give people with conditions like depression and anxiety the chance to meet, socialise, share solutions to problems and access help.

The club’s first run takes place from The South Holland Centre, Spalding, at 11am on Friday, February 12 and anyone is welcome to take part.

Vanessa Hills, one of the founders of Community Mind Matters, said: “While it really is just about getting together and doing something for ourselves, if we can get enough people to join then the club will help to raise money for other local causes in time.

“In the meantime, with body issue being such a big issue these days, I am hoping the club can also help make local people feel more comfortable.”

The running club is open to everyone and weekly runs are planned to help people come together to keep fit and enjoy some of the area’s walks and green spaces.

Coun Jack McLean said: “The wider intention of the group was to raise awareness and demonstrate support for mental health issues locally. In a town like ours, we have always believed the best way to do that is to bring people together. This new idea subtly encompasses everything we try to do and I look forward to seeing it grow alongside our other projects.”

The group will meet in the coming months to see how it can respond to the area’s needs and what projects could benefit the community.

• Visit Community Mind Matters on Facebook for more information.

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