Our dedicated charity ambassadors Scott and Jenny Hastings have organised a group 100 Streets Challenge every year since they helped us launch the mental health fundraising and awareness campaign four years ago. 

This year sadly Scott wasn't able to join the group due to his broadcasting commitments at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, but Jenny did a stellar job organising the day herself, including planning a route around the rainy streets of Edinburgh that incorporated many of the Royal Mile's atmospheric closes and courtyards.

We joined Jenny & Co. at their starting point of SiMS very own Stafford Centre, where we all had a cup of tea and readied ourselves for the challenge ahead.

There was a mix of walkers and runners, friends, family and colleagues and pets, all kitted out in 100 Streets t-shirts (even Parker the dog had his on!), ready to take on the streets.

After an encouraging pep talk from Jenny and gathering for a group photo, the challenge had begun. Despite the drizzle, spirits remained high as 30 of us set off to raise awareness of mental health.

We got speaking to many people along the way 

The challenge aims to be accessible and customisable to your needs. You can raise awareness by running, walking or cycling, and those that chose to walk in groups had some heartfelt and open conversations about the current climate of mental health; what has improved and what still needs to be done. Everyone was very forthcoming with their own mental health journeys, something that is thankfully becoming more and more acceptable in today's society.

Proudly displaying their medals & certificates

The route ended where it began, and there was a little presentation ceremony, with Jenny and Colin from SiMS presented everyone with their certificate and medal for completing the challenge.

Jenny reflected,

“It’s been a fabulous day, with walkers, Joggers learning a bit more about our own city. Raising awareness with locals and people from abroad, sharing fun and laughter, helping our mental and physical health on a ‘drench’ day”- the rain didn’t stop us in fact did it add to the fun.”

“I loved organising the event WITH everyone who took part, including the SiMS team and volunteers from the Stafford Centre. There was so much enthusiasm. And the donations that have been made in different ways have been hugely generous and we are all very grateful. It’s a privileged to be an Ambassador of SiMS, grateful to have been asked.”

We also had some pleasant surprises from social media later in the day, when we saw that not only had Scott had taken up the challenge himself in Japan, but Jenny and Scott's son Corey had also taken part in sunny San Fransisco with his partner Daniel. It's fantastic to see our cause being spread far and wide by our dedicated supporters.

The streets of San Fransisco

Corey & Daniel

Corey said,

"It's a great concept and an awesome way to discover what's on your doorstep, and obviously a great cause and one that's close to heart and home"

Thank you to all who braved the cold and risked soggy trainers to come raise awareness and money for our vital mental health services. You can view our fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/100streets2019

The 100 Streets Challenge is nearly over for 2019. It will reopen again in April 2020, but you will be able to register early in the New Year. Find out more at www.100streetschallenge.com 

If you have another fundraising idea that you'd like to undertake before the challenge reopens, just get in touch with us for a chat, we'd love to hear from you! [email protected]