GEORGE Bond, who is a First Crediton scout leader and a former Queen Elizabeth’s School student, will be running the London Marathon for the charity YoungMinds on Sunday, April 23.
Last summer, George started running as a way to clear his thoughts and overcome feelings of anxiety and depression.
George is standing up to the stigma associated with mental health illness and raising money for YoungMinds.
Statistics show that three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder and the stigma associated with mental health means young people fear reaching out for help and support.
George would like to encourage those who are feeling anxious, experiencing negative thoughts or suffering with low self-esteem to reach out and seek help, as he did himself.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Since George started running he has completed the Exeter’s Great West Run (13.1 miles in 1:44:09) and the Okehampton Granite Way Run (20 miles in 3:20 not official time).
George has now set himself the challenge of completing the London Marathon in under four hours which would be a massive achievement as he has been running less than a year.
If you can sponsor George it would be very much appreciated.
This can be done online at: virginmoneygiving.com/bond or alternatively in person at the Duke of York, Crediton.