A donation from Brentford Football Club helped to raise awareness of mental health issues earlier this month. Staff from West London Mental Health Trust, alongside their family and friends, put their best put forward for more than five hours as they completed a ten-mile charity walk
The Walking out of Darkness Event took place at the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 8 to 14 May. The walkers were all presented with a Brentford FC goodie bag at the event which included a hoody and t-shirt.
The team completed the walk in five hours and managed to raise over £200 in aid of Rethink Mental Illness and the WLMHT charity with funds earmarked for the Hounslow Hawks football team. The Hounslow Hawks, the health trust’s football team, provide an opportunity for people who experience mental illness in Hounslow. It promotes a therapeutic, safe and supportive environment, which allows its members to feel part of a team and take part in an activity that they may normally be excluded from due to their illness.
Brentford FC has been working with the Hounslow Hawks in recent months. The Club, and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, has provided the team with training tops and waterproof jackets to train in. And at Brentford’s Sky Bet Championship win over Bristol City in April, the Hawks met with B Strong U Belong, a Bristol City fans partnership set up in memory of Robins fan Pete Davies, who committed suicide after silently suffering with mental health issues. A group from BSUB cycled from Bristol to Brentford for the match and met with the Hawks as part of a campaign to raise awareness.
Michelle Nielson, from WLMHT, said: "The walk was a fantastic success. We completed it in about five hours taking in the greats sights and sounds of London, which made it all the more enjoyable. The whole team supported each other during the day and helped to spread the work of the trust with the public to promote mental health to reduce stigma.
"We are particularly grateful to Brentford FC who provided the walkers and the Hounslow Hawks team with goodies in support of the work we are doing to support those with mental health difficulties. I would also like to thank the staff who gave up their time to join us on the walk."