University of Leicester team taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours

Posted by ap507 at Aug 19, 2015 11:09 AM |
Doctor of Clinical Psychology students aim to raise awareness of mental health issues

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 19 August 2015

A team of students from the University of Leicester is preparing to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The first year trainees from the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) programme are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon in just 24 hours to raise funds for local mental health charity Network for Change.

The team – called Mind over Matter - will start the challenge on Friday 21 August when they set off up at Ben Nevis at 5pm and aim to complete the task by 5pm the following day when they descend Snowdon.

Mark Loveder, 29, one of the eight-strong team, said: “I am feeling nervous but motivated to complete the challenge within the 24 hour time limit so as to encourage more people to donate to the fantastic cause we've been fundraising for.”

Network for Change specialises in working with adults recovering from mental health issues and operates across Leicestershire. 

The group has already raised over £1,500 and has the backing of Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth who met the group to help promote their cause.

And a message of support via Twitter from TV fitness guru Mr Motivator has also helped boost their preparations, he said: "Don't try and make it alone. Remember team work makes your dreams work."

To support and follow the progress of the Mind over Matter team visit their Facebook and Twitter pages at:

facebook.com/groups/296674990456778

twitter.com/Mounds4MentalH

Read their blog entry for the Psychology Cultures at: psychologycultures.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/mind-over-matter-increasing-understanding-and-acceptance-for-mental-health

The team’s online donation page is at gofundme.com/3PeaksMentalHealth

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For more information contact Kerry Wills on kjw40@leicester.ac.uk or the University of Leicester Press Office on 0116 252 2415.

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