Here at The Lucy Rayner Foundation, we are honoured to have been chosen as Run Reigate’s Headline Charity for 2022. With such a brilliant turn out last year we are even more excited to return in September.
So firstly, a little bit about us. On the 5th of May 2012, Jenny Rayner and her family were tragically faced with the extreme impact of mental illness, when their daughter Lucy took her own life aged just 22. Now, the Rayner Family could have chosen this horrific event to consume them with negativity but instead chose to channel their grief into something new that would, in turn, prevent so many people from going through the same thing. As an administrator at the charity, and an employee that isn’t part of the family, I feel so inspired that an event so tragic was turned into an incredible gift to our community and a scheme that will go on to help so many.
The Lucy Rayner Foundation offers several services that helps to raise awareness and support young adults that might be experiencing mental health issues. We offer FREE and immediate counselling, Coffee groups, Suicide bereavement counselling, Mental Health First Aid training, a Men’s Group, Women’s Group and a six-week mindful programme for young people who are struggling to cope with life called ‘The Hummingbird Process’.
Run Reigate is an incredible event that we are so thrilled to be supporting, especially as a charity that continuously promotes the link between physical and mental health. It is a well-known fact that exercise releases endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine which are two of the most important chemicals associated with emotion regulation. The Kings Fund website says, “Around 30 per cent of all people with a long-term physical health condition also have a mental health problem, most commonly depression/anxiety”. This is exactly why we will be recruiting a team of runners to wear their Lucy Rayner tops proudly and #RUNOFFDEPRESSION.
Not only is running a brilliant way to release those important endorphins but a lot of people also use running as a form of meditation or a way to add a ‘mindful moment’ into their day. This can help us to be more productive, increase mood, increase energy and find quiet time to reflect on how we might be feeling.
Amy South, one of our 2021 runners says, “I run to reconnect with my breath and my body, to challenge my fear of looking silly and to improve my fitness. It has made me a lot more grateful for my health, despite not being anything close to a professional!
I run to let off steam, to create space around my thinking mind and emotions; afterwards I always feel calm and able to have a balanced perspective on things.
I started by using the couch to 5k app during the first lockdown in place of the gym and discovered that not only does it feel good to challenge the fears around it, but it also can make me feel quite euphoric, like I can take on anything. That’s a very welcome feeling.”.
We are working with Run Reigate on an exciting NEW race for this year and details are coming soon so watch this space. We can’t wait to share it with you!