Alice Fortune smiling in a YoungMinds running vest.

Half marathon runner - she/her Alice Fortune

Alice's fundraising journey

Alice Fortune smiling in a YoungMinds running vest.

For years, running has done amazing things for my mental health. I wanted to take this a step further by running to support other people’s mental health too. I am a medical student, joining an NHS which is not able to provide support quickly and effectively enough for young people struggling with their mental health when they need it.

I hope my challenge will raise both money and awareness for the overwhelming number of young people struggling with mental illness, particularly following the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the need to improve funding and infrastructure in the health system that supports them.

What did you do to fundraise?

This challenge started in 2021. Since then I have run a half marathon in all 55 cities in England. In total, this included:

  • 737 miles

  • 120 hours

  • over 1.2 million steps

  • 300 hours of travelling on 160 trains

I raised more than £8,000 for YoungMinds!

What inspired you to do this challenge?

Alice Fortune running in a YoungMinds running vest.

I was inspired to do this challenge as I picked up running at 20 years old, and since then have come to love it. It has hugely helped my own mental health and confidence, and I wanted to do this challenge to help other young people’s mental health too.

To complete the challenge, I ran a full marathon in London, with over 20 people joining me for parts of the run, and another 20+ people meeting me at the finish line.

I’ve had several people tell me they were inspired to start running after seeing my challenge - and how this has helped their mental health.

Meet more of our fundraisers

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

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