Doncaster campaign calling for those with mental health to exercise

Mind has launched a campaign to get people who have or are experiencing mental ill health into exercise.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 9:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 10:57 am

New research shows that 80 per cent of people with mental health problems, who do not take part in sport, are put off because they feel self-conscious about their bodies.

Nearly 70 per cent of people told the charity that they feel their mental health makes taking part too difficult. The findings come as Mind launches “Get Set to Go”, a new programme to support 75,000 people with mental health problems to take up sport.

To support this programme and to increase awareness of these difficulties Mind is planning to complete multiple sporting fundraising events to total the number of miles from Doncaster to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. 

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The total number of miles that need to be completed by Saturday August 5 is 5,848 miles, which works out at 293 miles each day.

We challenge will begin on Saturday, July 16.

There will be several events held across these 20 days, when staff, clients, volunteers, professional workers, the people of Doncaster and organisations will be encouraged to help “Get Doncaster Mind to Rio.”

A number of organisations in the area such as Footgolf Doncaster, Xercise4less, Doncaster Triathalon Club, Adwick Swimming Club and Lakeside Village Doncaster are supporting the campaign.

CEO Jackie Lewis said “There is now a huge amount of evidence showing the benefit of sport and exercise on both physical and mental health, but unfortunately too many people with mental health difficulties find taking part in sport too challenging. We want ‘Get Doncaster Mind to Rio’ to show everyone that sport and exercise are a good way to make new friends, feel healthier – and have fun. Funds raised through this event will be used to run friendly and inclusive sport and exercise activities throughout the coming year.”

The following events will be taking place as part of our “Get Doncaster Mind to Rio” campaign:


Bronze (3 miles), Silver (8 miles) - Auckley Doncaster - Tuesday July 19, 10.30am

Gold Walk (12 miles) - Peak District - Wednesday July 27 - leaving Doncaster Mind at 9am

Men’s Space – Lakeside walk

Tuesday July 19 – Meet at Beefeater Carpark at 1.30pm

Xercise4less 5K Relay

Wednesday July 20 – Xercise4less, York Road – 9am

Cyclethon (Static)

Sunday July 24 - Lakeside Village Outlet - 10am-4.30pm

Men’s Space – Cycling

Tuesday July 26 – Meet at Sandal Beat Visitor Centre at 1.30pm

Women’s Space – Danceathon

Wednesday July 27 – Wellbeing Centre – Netherhall Road, from 1pm

Mini Olympics

Monday August 1 – Town Moor – 12.30pm

If you would like further information or to sign up to any of our events please contact us on 01302 812190 or email [email protected] or see our website for more information