The River Thames outside DLD College London

Student strives to raise awareness of mental health by walking 100 Miles in March

11th April 24

In the month of March, I decided to embark on a challenge to walk 100 miles to fundraise money for Mind, a mental health organisation which aims to give support and respect to everyone experiencing mental health issues in the UK. 

Mind is an organisation which campaigns to improve mental health services, raise awareness and promote understanding for those suffering from mental health problems. In the heart of a mental health crisis in the UK, it is crucial that people get the help they deserve to heal. After witnessing many of those close to me suffer in silence, I firmly believe that mental health should not be neglected so that people could find the courage to seek help.  

Consequently, I joined the 100 miles for March challenge organised by Mind to help to raise money in the fight for better mental health. Over the course of the month, I would have to walk 100 miles and raise £150 in donations.  

What seemed like a breeze at first turned out to be more challenging than I thought. I started out strong, walking 15 miles over the first weekend of March. However, I unexpectedly fell ill in the second week, causing me to start falling behind. With the added responsibilities of schoolwork and extracurriculars, the challenge proved to be more demanding than I expected.  

Of course, garnering donations was even tougher. I barely received any donations at first, despite sharing my fundraiser on my social media and spreading the word by mouth. My morale was low, and I was uncertain that I would reach my goal of £150.  

This challenge tested my resilience and highlighted the value of a support system to me. Thankfully, after seeking support from my teachers, they helped me promote my fundraiser on the school’s newsletter and socials. My peers also supported me through sharing my fundraiser and donating themselves. The overwhelming support I received from the DLD community was incredibly motivating and it pushed me to the finish line.  

I am proud to say that I exceeded the goals I had to meet. Despite the trials and tribulations faced, I came out triumphant, raising £250 and walking 111 miles by the end of March. I am so grateful to everyone in DLD who supported me throughout the challenge, whether it was through words of encouragement or donations. I hope that by completing this challenge, I have encouraged my peers to contribute to our community and to look out for each other. 

Shazmeen Z, Student