Gary Rowlands raised £50 for us in his first ever race!

Caption: Thank you Gary for raising such a generous sum for us!

It’s always great to see people actively fundraising for our charity, so when Gary got in touch with us we just had to share his inspirational story.

On Sunday 4th September, Gary Rowlands participated in the Sabic 3K Fun Run and completed the race in just under 18 minutes. For such a great achievement, we felt it was only right to thank Gary. Gary raised an incredible £50 for Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind.

Gary was only recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in February and suffers with anxiety and depression. He felt this Fun Run was a way to help with his mental health and to keep himself fit and active.

Gary has achieved his target of £50, with the help of his family, and this event has given him the confidence to run longer distances. He even sees himself running in bigger races such as the Great North Run!

Gary said this about why he decided to raise money for Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind:

“I feel I am giving something back to people who have helped me”.

Gary has always volunteered in charity events and other races but this Fun Run was his first ever race.

The fact he chose Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind for his first fundraising means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing Gary’s racing progression.

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