Walking in the wild, wild west!


A fun day was had by staff and service users of two local charities when they joined forces to take part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for drop in group, Positive Thinking. Positive thinking is a support network, backed by the Trust, for people in Wakefield with mental health problems.

The aim of the walk was to raise the profile of the group and raise money to enable it to continue helping local people.

The 2.5k walk, organised by national learning disability charity, Choice Support, took place at Pugneys Leisure Park in Wakefield and had a Cowboys and Indians theme.

Nearly 100 Cowboys and Indians took part, including staff and service users from both Positive Thinking and Choice Support. Those participated, many in wheelchairs, went at their own pace with some completing the distance in 30 minutes and others taking just over an hour.

Dawn Bland, one of the founders of the Positive Thinking drop in service said, "Everyone was delighted to be there to help us raise money and we are really grateful to them for all their support. It was such an enjoyable day and I can’t wait to find out how much we’ve raised."

Support workers for Choice Support, Vicky Wright and Kayleigh Thorpe organised the walk. Vicky said, "The walk gave everyone who took part such a buzz and was really worthwhile. People who use our services loved dressing up and getting involved in something so positive. Choice Support decided to support Positive Thinking after reading about the valuable service it offers in the Wakefield Express. Knowing that many of our service users experience depression themselves, we decided it would be a very worthy cause."

The Positive Thinking group meets weekly. To find out more call Dawn Bland on 07906486643.

Walking in the wild, wild west!

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