Hundreds of elves take to the Worthing seafront in the association’s first-ever fun and festive run

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Mind’s ‘Mental Elf’ event encourages people to run or walk a fancy dress 5k later this month

Hundreds of elves are set to run through Worthing’s seafront later this month as a local charity prepares for its first-ever fun and festive run.

West Sussex Mind is encouraging residents of all ages to dress up and get involved by running or walking their Christmas-themed 5k “Mental Elf” on November 27. The fundraiser comes after the mental health charity faced a surge in demand for its services following the coronavirus pandemic and revealed the West Sussex branch was not receiving any funding from NationalMind.

The charity also points out that concerns over the cost of living will also see more people seek their services. The charity’s CEO, Katie Glover, shared her excitement for the “really fun event”.

“It’s been a really tough time for people’s mental health and Mental Elf is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about our support and come together with the communities we serve.”

The event will kick off in the Splashpoint area of ​​the boardwalk with a free warm-up session led by a personal trainer as the first stage runners prepare to start their 5k at 10am. Children attending the event will also be able to spot hidden elf characters on the course to win prizes.

Event sponsor, Aspire Residential General Manager Mike Jones, stressed that “mental health issues are something we will all suffer from” in our lifetime, so “it’s important that support is available”.

He continued: “Sponsoring the West Sussex Mind fills me with immense pride knowing that we can support such a fantastic cause.”

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