El­lie help­ing Re­late to fund young peo­ple’s coun­selling by run­ning marathon

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­LATE Lon­don North West, based in Har­row, will be cheer­ing on its very own run­ner in the Vir­gin Money Lon­don marathon.

El­lie Hayes will be rais­ing funds for chil­dren’s coun­selling ses­sions, of­fered free by Re­late Lon­don North West in Har­row and neigh­bour­ing bor­oughs.

El­lie worked for Re­late un­til last sum­mer and is now lo­cated in Kent.

“We are de­lighted to have El­lie run­ning in this year’s Lon­don marathon” said Ewan Mal­colm, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Re­late LNW.

“It’s in­spir­ing that one of our team agreed to train for this amaz­ing event so she can help us pro­vide sup­port for lo­cal chil­dren.

“Ac­cord­ing to YoungMinds, one in three chil­dren in ev­ery class­room has a men­tal health dis­or­der.

“Chil­dren face chal­lenges such as parental sep­a­ra­tion, bul­ly­ing, be­reave­ment and peer pres­sure lead­ing to them be­com­ing de­pressed and anx­ious.

“Coun­selling can re­ally help these young peo­ple to cope so they are able to deal with stress and dif­fi­cult times and as a re­sult are able to learn bet­ter and en­joy their child­hood”

El­lie said: “I am re­ally ex­cited to be run­ning in the Lon­don Marathon, it is def­i­nitely my most am­bi­tious chal­lenge so far.

“The rea­son I am rais­ing money for Re­late is be­cause the work the char­ity does is so im­por­tant.

“I know how dif­fi­cult peo­ple find it to ap­proach a ser­vice like Re­late, to be open to com­ing to talk to some­one about their prob­lems.”

Re­late aims to raise £2,000 to pro­vide free coun­selling for young peo­ple in north-west Lon­don.

If you would like to sup­port El­lie, you can do­nate di­rectly to her fundrais­ing page http:// uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/MIND­mat­ters.

Re­late Lon­don North West of­fers in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and coun­selling for all stages of re­la­tion­ships, in­clud­ing help­ing fam­i­lies to build and main­tain strong re­la­tion­ships.

Re­late Lon­don North West pro­vides sup­port for the Lon­don bor­oughs of Bar­net, Brent, Cam­den, Eal­ing, Har­row, Hilling­don, Is­ling­ton and West­min­ster.

n ‘EX­CITED’: El­lie Hayes

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