On the 17th of June 2017, over 120 Superheroes took part in the gruelling team challenge. The course took place in Burnham Overy Staithe and consisted of swimming for 1 mile, kayaking 4 miles, cycling 45 miles and finishing with an 8 mile run.
Participants raised £72,500 for the Norfolk Superhero Foundation fund which was administrated through Norfolk Community Foundation to provide grants up to £5,000 to a range of small charities and community groups. Now in its 11th year organisers felt they wanted to support projects specifically targeting and aiming to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing across the county.
Sophie Ellis who helps run the Norfolk Superhero Foundation said “Our interest in the area of mental health has come about because we are noticing more and more problems stemming from the absence of proper communication and discussion around mental health issues, which affect all of us from, the young, right through to the elderly. Problems can range from low lying anxiety to drug and alcohol related illnesses. We all know people who have been affected by mental health issues. It is all very well looking after ourselves physically but we must not forget to care for ourselves mentally too.”
With 1 in 4 people suffering from ill mental health at some point in their life it is vital that there is lifeline support available to those who have nowhere else to turn.
Some examples of charities supported in 2017
- Headway Norfolk and Waveney promotes independence and rehabilitation by providing information and support services directly to people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers.
- One to One Project provides long term professional support to adults in West Norfolk who are experiencing emotional and or social distress and mental health difficulties.
- The Matthew Project supports youths and adults across Norfolk with drug and alcohol related issues.
For more information on the Challenge visit: http://www.norfolksuperhero.co.uk/