Mental health ambassador, Dane Thomson has successfully completed the 100 Streets Challenge for Support in Mind Scotland raising a staggering £1015 (and growing) in JUST 7 days!

Dane walked 100 streets over 7 days on a planned route between Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife from Monday 10th July to Monday 17th July.

The challenge which was successfully piloted in 2016 by Scotland and British Lions rugby great Scott Hastings and his wife, Jenny, was reimagined and recreated in a novel way by Dane for its first outing in 2017.

Dane’s version of the challenge saw him aim to engage in 100 open conversations about mental health as well as interactively gathering 100 signatures on his T-shirt from the people he met. These targets were SMASHED! Over 100 people chatted with Dane, signed his T-shirt with names and touching messages. From passers-by to acquaintances to close friends and family, Dane actively chose this inclusive approach to highlight that mental health, whether good or bad affects all of us.

Highlights of Dane’s challenge included: 

  • Rugby great David Sole OBE sending Dane a handwritten card with best wishes and his seal of approval for participating in the challenge
  • Radio presenter Micky Gavin giving Dane a shout out on his Forth 1 show!
  • Popular Scottish comedian, Janey Godley supporting the challenge on Twitter saying “aye” to signing the T-shirt – Janey if you’re reading this … let’s make it happen!
  • Close friends of Dane’s surprising him on his walks with their toddlers and generously donating to the cause

Speaking of successfully completing the challenge for Support in Mind, Dane beamed: "I had a ball taking part in the 100 Streets Challenge. Firstly, I must thank Scott and Jenny for creating such a simple yet fun challenge. Secondly, I am so grateful to Support in Mind for giving me the platform to walk, talk and get everyone in my closer and wider circle talking about mental health. I recently took a very short career break to focus on my own mental health and have been using this challenge as a positive way to support my recovery. Completing the challenge has helped rebuild my confidence and I now feel I am strong enough to return to employment from a career break and get back to what I enjoy most – helping people.”

You can still support Dane's challenge by donating through his JustGiving page. Click here to visit the page and also read about his reasons for taking part.

The aim of the 100 Streets campaign is simple: to raise mental health awareness, raise crucial funds for Support in Mind Scotland’s mental health services and to promote good physical and mental health.

Pick your own day, plan and map your own route then complete the free challenge on your own, with a friend or as part of a group. Visit our dedicated 100 Streets Challenge website here or email 100streets@supportinmindscotland.org.uk for more information and to take part.

Have fun with your challenge just like Dane did. Make it your own!