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Mental health nurse to run London Marathon in aid of his NHS employer’s charity

Mental health nurse to run London Marathon in aid of his NHS employer’s charity
13 April 2018

A specialist mental health nurse at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is running the London Marathon to raise money for his employer’s charity.

Mike Buttrick, who works with children and young people in crisis, will attempt the 26.2-mile challenge – the biggest fund-raising event in the world - in aid of Health Stars.

Having experienced mental health issues personally and in his job, Mike is passionate about the importance of fitness and exercise in aiding recovery. 

“I started running in 2016 as a way to help cope with the anxiety and depression I have experienced over the years,” he said.

“I discovered exercise was a good tool to help my mental and physical health and encourage my children to live healthier lifestyles.

“After completing 5km runs with my family, I tested my endurance with a 13-mile 20-obstacle ‘Tough Mudder’ event on my own and loved it!”

Mike sought an even bigger physical challenge to inspire his young patients and won a place out of 327,500 applicants to run the London Marathon for Health Stars.

“Health Stars has made a huge difference to the young people we help at the Crisis Team,” he said.

“We worked with them to create ‘stress-less bags’, designed to help distract youngsters from their distress and offer ideas for how to manage and anticipate it in future. Feedback from patients was great. Health Stars made a positive impact so I chose to fund-raise for them with my marathon run.”

Health Stars works to ‘add sparkle’ to the community and mental health services provided by the Trust to more than 800,000 people in Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire.

Health Stars Charity Champion Clare Woodard said: “We are delighted Mike has chosen to raise money for us.

“His fund-raising will make a huge difference to children and young people in our communities coping with mental health issues.

“Mike is an inspiration and we are so proud of him. Good luck and thanks to him from everyone at Health Stars.”

Mike will attempt the London Marathon on 22 April.

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