Dan Mounsey, training on the Pennine hills in Saddleworth

Mind over matter as HPP director tackles 50k charity run

Dan Mounsey, director of marketing and business development at furniture components manufacturer and distributor Hill’s Panel Products (HPP), is taking on a 50km running challenge to raise funds for a mental health charity in memory of his late mother.

Mounsey – who only took up running during last year’s early lockdown – is taking part in an off-road 50km Ultra Trail challenge around the Holmfirth and Marsden district near Huddersfield on July 10.

He is running in memory of his mother, Gillian, a former primary school teacher who died last year and whose funeral was held on the first day of the first national Covid-19 lockdown. She had suffered from mental health issues for 20 years.

Gillian Mounsey

Mounsey is hoping to raise money for the Tameside, Oldham and Glossop branch of the national charity Mind, which offers advice and help to people affected by mental health issues.

He said: “My mum passed away last year and I was keen to raise some money for a charity in her memory. Awareness of mental health has grown in recent years and the impact of the pandemic lockdowns and restrictions have highlighted its widespread relevance. I think the pandemic will have an impact on mental health for a significant time to come.

“Through my own family’s experiences and those of wider society during the pandemic, I feel that running the 50km Ultra Trail to support a mental health charity is a good thing. I’m sure these feelings will strike a chord with many other people who have faced their own hardships and worries too. I hope they will sponsor my run to support Mind.”

To donate, visit Dan Mounsey’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danielmounsey

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