Sporting communities across Fife took part in a charity stomp to raise cash for SAMH last week.
#Worldmentalhealthday was on the 10 October and our Active Communities Team along with several Community Sports Hubs (CSH) signed up to take part in SAMH Virtual Stomp 2020. The stomp – where you climb stairs to help raise funds for SAMH - is normally held at Murrayfield Stadium each year, however this year was a little different. The Virtual Stomp saw participants completing their target number of steps at a staircase that was local to them.
The Active Communities team headed to Central Park, Cowdenbeath on Wednesday 7 October, where – spread across the terracing throughout the stadium – they notched up a combined total of 60,000 steps and £500 raised.
Community Sports Hub Officer, Ross Taylor said: “The topic of mental health is such an important one for a lot of people now, and for us as a team we definitely want to spread the message that getting some exercise and fresh air can have a really positive impact on your mental health.
"There are plenty of opportunities to become physically active and meet new people through our Community Sports Hub network, and we would encourage anyone to reach out to us or their local group directly to find out more."
Burntisland & Kinghorn CSH, led by Ross Ives from Kinghorn Canoe club completed over 50,000 steps besides Kinghorn lifeboat station.
Ross said: “It was a nice evening, and everyone had fun, with quite a bit of competitive spirit on show. There were some sore legs in the morning, mine included!"
Enigma Gymnastics Club led by Jenn Noble and Gill Low did a fantastic job of encouraging people to get active and raise funds through the Levenmouth CSH and the wider community. Spread throughout the week, their challenge saw 12 participants complete a massive 105,000 steps, raising an amazing £565 for SAMH.
Jenn said: “It was great to see people from the club and community getting involved, and with a few aching bodies after the challenge it goes to show how exercise helps to keep the body well."
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