Edinburgh PR, marketing and social media professional Dane Thomson boosts the coffers of Support in Mind Scotland
An Edinburgh marketer has raised more than £1,000 for mental health support services after walking the streets of Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians for a week.
Dane Thomson, who is a charity ambassador for Support in Mind Scotland, took part in the 100 Streets Challenge founded by Scottish Rugby legend Scott Hastings and his wife, to help raise awareness of mental health issues and promote good physical and mental health.
He walked the streets for seven days solid – having more than 100 conversations about mental health along the way and clocking up 100 signatures of support on his T-shirt.
Since his marathon walking stint, Thomson has been flooded with messages of thanks and support – including those from David Sole OBE, Scottish comedian Janey Godley, and Forth One. He has also appeared in Friends of The Scotsman talking about the positive effects of walking on mental health.
He said: “I had a ball taking part in the 100 Streets Challenge. Firstly, I must thank Scott and Jenny for creating such a simple yet fun challenge. Secondly, I am so grateful to Support in Mind for giving me the platform to walk, talk and get everyone in my closer and wider circle talking about mental health.
“I recently took a very short career break to focus on my own mental health and have been using this challenge as a positive way to support my recovery. Completing the challenge has helped rebuild my confidence and I now feel I am strong enough to return to employment from a career break and get back to what I enjoy most – helping people.”
Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the quality of life for anyone whose mental health problems or mental illness has a serious impact on their life and on the lives of others, including family members, friends and supporters.
You can still support Thomson’s challenge and find out more about his reasons for taking part via his Just Giving page here.