40 fundraisers from the TTE Technical Training group, have set the challenge of completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 12 hours for Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind.
On 29th June, the group of staff and learners will set off for their route of 24 miles with the hope of raising thousands for the charity, which provides confidential services for people who are experiencing mental health struggles.
TTE Technical Training Group is the leading provider of training to the process, manufacturing and engineering sectors and the majority of the students and staff are male. The fundraisers are hoping to raise awareness of mental health in men; so they can start the conversation.
Rory McIntosh, Curriculum Improvement Coordinator at TTE and organiser, said "Acknowledging mental health with men is important. Ironically you don’t think about it as often as we should. Anyone can be affected.
"We decided to pick Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind because it’s about educating our students on what mental health is and what help is out there if they are struggling".
At the beginning of the year the organisation hosted a cake sale in aid of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and raised just over £100, which then created the idea of the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks’ challenge.
Bethany Dean, Communications Officer at Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, said, "We’re honoured to be picked as TTE Technical Training Group’s charity of the year and its inspiring to hear about the organisation raising awareness of mental health to their colleagues and students".
In preparation for the fundraising event, the grouphave been practicing the walking challenge around the local countryside, such as the James Cook monument and Roseberry topping.
"Everyone has mental health, at any giving time it can effect anyone especially with life changes and events."
If you would like to donate to the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, you can visit the groups fundraising page here.