This race puts a great amount of emphasis on mental strength. The ability to keep going under a great amount of strain and pressure is at the core of this challenge. It is fitting then that he has chosen to support a charity that is all about mental strength...
Set up in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, Mind is a charity that campaigns to improve the conditions, policy and attitudes towards mental illnesses in this country. They are determined to improve society’s recognition, understanding and acceptance of people who experience mental stress. It is a problem that many people face at some point in their lives and continues to be very under-funded, misunderstood and poorly accepted within our society. The focus for this row is to change people’s perceptions of mental health and bring them into the 21st Century, along with raising money to enhance research and support for these very complicated problems.
The charity today
The charity looks to support people through information, support and group therapy. The main problem is that people are unwilling to talk about their experiences as the perception of mental illness with society is very dated. Tommy believes it is these barriers that need to be broken down to develop a greater acceptance that is required in society.
Please click on the logo above to find out more about this fantastic charity that is in much need of the support you can give it. Any donation that you can give will be greatly appreciated and will help to make a positive difference in someone’s life in this country. It will also help to provide greater understanding about an issue that affects many people.
Tommy with his trainer, Jon Stratford, at the end of his 24 hour continuous row in aid of Mind at London's Victoria Station. Over £1000 was raised over the 24 hours during which time Tommy drank 12 litres of water and consumed 6500 calories. The total distance covered by him was 225 KM.