A hypnotherapist and counsellor from Newton-Le-Willows is embarking on a charity running challenge to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.
From November 1 to November 30, Chris Skoyles will be running 100 miles around his hometown, and is encouraging others to help support Mind by donating money throughout his challenge.
Chris, who runs CJS Therapy at Es Paradis in Earlestown, already raised more than £150 before his challenge began – and says the support he’s had so far will be a big motivator in completing his 100 miles in 30 days.
Chris said: “More people than ever have been affected by mental health problems over the last few years, so it’s incredible that so many people have already come out to help me raise money for a charity which do such invaluable work in ensuring that anyone who is struggling feels supported and respected.
“Every penny raised will help Mind provide essential support through their telephone helplines and online communities. It also provides vital funds so that Mind can campaign for better access to talk therapies and other useful mental health services. Of course, it will also help to keep me going as I run 100 miles in the cold, wet November weather!”
Explaining his reasons for taking on the charity challenge, Chris said: “Running has been so important to my own mental health and wellbeing. A few years ago, I suffered a really dark and scary period of depression, so I turned to running to help me.
“The more I ran, the better I felt. I was eventually able to turn my life around and retrain as a counsellor and hypnotherapist so that I could support people who still felt as hopeless as I once did.
“Still, I know that for every person I’m able to help through my therapy practice, there are countless others I can’t reach personally. I thought that if all the miles I’ve ran so far were so helpful to me, then running 100 more could be helpful to others in terms of ensuring they can access the support they need.
“This is a big undertaking for me, but it’s one I’m very passionate about and determined to see through.”
How to support Chris’s challenge and help raise money for Mind
Anyone wishing to donate can do so via Chris’s Just Giving page.
You can find out how Chris is getting on with his 100 Miles in 30 Days challenge on the CJS Therapy website.