TEACHERS at Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow, look set to take on a 100km walk from London to Brighton to raise funds for mental health charity MIND.
MIND offers Sir Frederick Gibberd talking therapy for children, helping them to understand their feelings and learn techniques and coping mechanisms as well as parent to parent support for families.
The teachers decided to do this physical challenge to promote positive mental health, after being inspired by daily walks in lockdown.
Cheree Leverington, assistant headteacher, Katy Tyler, pastoral lead and Claire Tidd, head of year eight believed their daily 10km had a huge impact on their mental wellbeing.
However, the three have recently upped their game and are now walking for several hours at a time.
Mrs Tyler said: “Lockdown has brought up a range of emotions in our children; some struggled being at home and not seeing their friends and losing their routine. They expressed feeling lonely, anxious and scared. Others thrived at home and have struggled to return to school and are suffering separation anxiety from their care givers. Of course, bereavement and grief has also affected some of our students.
“We are all novices when it comes to this walking event, but are all passionate about the wellbeing of our students. We want to lead by example to show our children that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
“We all found an enjoyment for walking in lockdown when we had to find simple pleasures. We continuously work to build resilience and self-belief in our children and hope we are demonstrating that by taking on this challenge.”
MIND is a charity that provides information and advice to the public with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. It also works to raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.
PHOTO: The teachers at Sir Frederick Gibberd College show their support for MIND,