Director of marketing and business development at Hill’s Panel Products (HPP), Dan Mounsey has entered a 50km run to raise funds for a mental health charity in memory of his mother.
Mounsey will run an off-road 50km Ultra Trail challenge around the Holmfirth and Marsden district, near Huddersfield, on July 10.
He is running in memory of his mum, Gillian Mounsey, a former primary school teacher, who suffered from mental health issues for 20 years and died in 2020.
His run will raise cash for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind, the local branch of the national charity which offers advice to people effected by mental health issues and lobbies organisations on their behalf.
Dan Mounsey said: “My mum passed away last year and I was keen to raise some money for a charity in her memory.
“Awareness of mental health has grown in recent years and the impact of pandemic lockdowns and restrictions have highlighted its widespread relevance.
“I think the pandemic will have an impact on mental health for a significant time to come.”
Mounsey started running last year, during the early lockdown, progressing to longer distances and off-road trails and pointed out activity is good for mental and physical wellbeing.2
He stated: “Through my own family’s experiences and those of wider society during the pandemic, I feel that running the 50km Ultra Trail to support a mental health charity is a good thing.
“I’m sure these feelings will strike a chord with many other people who have faced their own hardships and worries too. I hope they will sponsor my run to support Mind.”