Raising cash for suicide prevention charity

A Doncaster School Nurse is running 5k every day of the month of May to raise money for Papyrus UK – a suicide prevention charity.

Mike Bell (43), of Worksop, has so far raised £430 but is hoping the total grows.  By the end of May he will have run 155 kilometres.

Mike, who works for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “Running 5k every day is so different to just doing a run now and again.   I run 5k fairly regularly but when you change to running every day you get aches and pains in places where you have never had them before.

“I have good days and bad days when I’m running, but I’m still feeling ok.” He said. “I have also been very blessed with the weather so far!”

Mike picked the charity after attending a course in Newcastle and meeting a young man who volunteered for Papyrus UK. The man had experienced suicidal thoughts when he was younger and one of his friends had also taken his own life. Mike was so impressed with him and how he used his experiences to tackle the stigma of young people talking about their mental health that he couldn’t think of a better charity to choose!

“Talking to young people about mental health and emotional health is also a big part of my role as a school nurse,” said Mike.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Mike should visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mike-bell-5kaday

Mike Bell is pictured

Mike Bell is pictured

Mike Bell is pictured with his ten-year-old son Lucas, who has joined his dad on several of the runs.

Mike Bell is pictured with his ten-year-old son Lucas, who has joined his dad on several of the runs.