A Fenland counsellor will be going the extra mile to help people with mental illnesses by running a half-marathon.
Kirsty Morgan – pictured right – was spurred on to raise money for mental health charity MIND after a friend took his own life.
The 31-year-old said she has also seen the vital service the charity provides first-hand through her work as a counsellor in March, Wisbech and surrounding areas.
She said: “The main reason I wanted to help MIND was because a friend and former colleague took his own life at the beginning of the year and there have been a few things happen within my own work as well.
“It just showed there is so much need for mental health workers, but also a need to raise positive awareness to reduce the stigma relating to mental health.
“A mental health problem feels just as bad, or worse, than any other illness – only you cannot see it. Although very common, there is still discrimination towards people with mental health problems, and that has got to change.”
Miss Morgan will be raising money by taking part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half-Marathon, taking in the picturesque parks of London, on Sunday, October 12.
She is hoping to raise at least £400 for the charity, and has so far raised £210.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Miss Morgan can visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/KirstyMorgan