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We're ELLA (Extended Leaders Library & Archives), a team of librarians and archivists at the University of York:
Michelle Blake, Gary Brannan, Vanya Gallimore, Sarah Griffin, Catriona Kemp, Jackie Knowles, Anthony Sinnott, Sarah Thompson and Nathan Williams.
We're joined in our fundraising efforts this year by our resident Library & Archives robin, as featured above, although he'll probably be doing more flying than walking to be fair...
We're taking on The Great York Walk, a challenge walking event that will help to transform mental health by raising funds for Mentally Fit York at the University of York. Mental ill-health doesn't discriminate and right now, mental health has never been more important as the social implications of coronavirus begin to unravel. So together with loads of other people - some with a connection to York, some with no connection - we're going to be counting our daily steps for the next three months (10th May - 31st July) to contribute to a 25,000 mile walking goal. That's the equivalent of a walk around the Earth!
Please donate anything you can to help our target and improve mental health in York and beyond! :) (P.S. If you want to join us on the walk, you can sign up here.)
Our walk will be in aid of Mentally Fit York, which will promote good mental health on a local, national and international scale. Your support will be used to fund initiatives such as 24/7 mental health support for York students and research projects to further our understanding of mental health issues and the barriers to accessing support services.
Your support may also go towards providing suicide prevention training, Mental Health Nursing Scholarships or it could contribute to a range of other initiatives which are decided by an expert panel of mental health and wellbeing researchers, practitioners and advocates. Find out more about what Mentally Fit York has supported here.