Bravehearts fun runs raise more than £4k for SAMH

Pictured (left to right) are David Cox, David Birchall of SAMH, John Buchan, Roselyn and Stephen Bruce from Jogscotland, Emma McIntosh and Nicola Cairns with the cheque for �4,182.
Pictured (left to right) are David Cox, David Birchall of SAMH, John Buchan, Roselyn and Stephen Bruce from Jogscotland, Emma McIntosh and Nicola Cairns with the cheque for �4,182.

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When Peterhead 1st Division Football player Dave Cox courageously admitted in a newspaper article in October that he had mental health problems, it inspired the whole community in Peterhead to get behind him to show their support by raising money for the Scottish Assocation of Mental Health SAMH.

Peterhead Football Club, their supporters club and Peterhead Jogscotland organised the Bravehearts Fun Runs, and although promoted for a short time more than 130 people took part, and as a result £4,182 was raised.

Peterhead Jogscotland chairman, Stephen Bruce, said: “Although the community wanted to show David their support by taking part, many people took part to show support to family and friends who have also suffered from mental health problems which was really touching.

“We as a club wanted to take part to show David our support, but we also wanted to get the message across about the benefits of keeping active when have you mental health problems.

“Since we started Peterhead Jogscotland over seven years ago I have had lots of members come to me in confidence, and said by taking up jogging and by getting more active has helped them overcome depression, ease stress, anxiety, post natal depresssion etc etc.

“It’s great to see the national network of Jogscotland and SAMH working closely together and we hope that through this partnership that many more people throughout Scotland will be encouraged to get more active when mental health problems occur.”