Our fundraiser, Alex D'arbost, sitting at a garden table covered with illustrations for his book.

Writer and marathon runner - he/him Alex D'Arbost

Alex's fundraising journey

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I'm fundraising for YoungMinds because of the incredible work that the charity does for young people and their mental health.

YoungMinds resonates with me because I didn’t have anyone to help me when I was at my worst, and I wish I had known a charity like YoungMinds when I was scared and confused.

I don’t want anyone else to think they are alone ever again.

Last April I ran the Madrid Marathon for YoungMinds. Running has always been something that I feel comfortable doing. It resonates with my mental health, because when I was at my worst it was the only thing that cleared my head - no matter how long I ran. It’s a beautiful sport. My next challenge will be a 50 miler.

Alex D'Arbost lying down with his book open on top of him.

My other love, writing and literature, brought me to creating a poetry book that dives into the trials and tribulations young people go through. This was a collaborative effort, with over 10 people contributing. It is really honest – perhaps not suitable for everyone, but it does shed light on where our minds can wander off to.

So far, I have raised over £1,500 for YoungMinds, and I like to think this is just the start.

About Alex

Our fundraiser, Alex D'arbost, sitting at a garden table covered with illustrations for his book.

Tell us about yourself

I am 21 years old, born and raised in the south west of England. I live in London, and work as a marketing coordinator at The Savoy Hotel.

My real passion is writing. I love literature - specifically poetry and song writing. I have a website called Inner Thoughts Project where I post regular poetry and songs with the hope of collaborating with people. This is also where I sold the book to fundraise for YoungMinds.

I also showcase my marathon running on the website. I have completed two marathons in the last two years – my first one when I was 19 years old for Lost Bond Project, another mental health charity that isn't around anymore.

Why is mental health important to you?

Mental health has been a struggle all of my life. The trials and tribulations we all go through will be some of the toughest battles we will face.

If we can find ways to make these battles more bearable, then I think we are doing everything we can.

We really are in this together.

What three words describe you best?

  • Empathetic

  • Diligent

  • Curious

Meet more of our fundraisers

  • A secondary school student completing a #HelloYellow word search.

    Duke of Kent School took part in #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day 2022.

  • A class of primary school students stretching with their hands in the air all wearing yellow.

    Westgate Primary School took part in #HelloYellow 2022.

  • Flynn and his mum on the Snowdon mountain with a Kermit the frog toy.

    On 1 June 2023, nine-year-old Flynn walked Snowdon to raise funds for us. Then on 10 June he took on a 10km hike in the Lake District.

The YoungMinds fundraising team cheering with their hands in the air at the marathon. They are wearing YoungMinds t-shirts and have YoungMinds banners.

Looking for your next challenge?

Whether you want to climb a mountain, hold a car boot sale, run a marathon or organise a quiz night, there are so many ways to raise funds for us.

However you choose to fundraise, our events team will support you the whole way.

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