Changing Minds with Pickup a Penny Virtual GNR

Andy Laurie of ALC Ltd warming up for the run

I had the pleasure of photographing the Virtual Great North Run done by two great guys for a very worthy cause.

Andy Laurie of ALC Ltd and Stu Kent of Hoot Architecture ran the 13.1 miles of the Virtual Great North Run on Sunday to raise money for Changing Minds with Pickup a Penny. Andy and Stu both completed the full distance on a warm day while observing social distancing guidelines. 

The run went well, supported by Sara Young and her family in their car, Andy and Stu completed the run within a few hours overcoming slight injury and the hot and humid weather. Their kindness and dedication rewarded them with a medal at the end of the run donated by 3 year old Skye after she heard what they were doing.

Changing Minds with Pick up a Penny was set up to offer an alternative mental health service for children, young people and adults. Mental health covers a plethora of presenting issues and Changing Minds believes in an integrative approach. Our work often results from clients needing to engage at crisis point, when other services have either let them down, or not provided the therapy that the individual needs.

From the Changing Minds website:

“We are currently in the process of designing and fund raising for our first centre, which will be located in, or near Newcastle upon Tyne. Pick up a Penny is the main funding campaign that underpins Changing Minds. Inspired by the premise that small amounts of money can add up to make a large difference, we already have support from several major Northeast companies, and are coordinating time, assets and expertise to make this project a reality. Our children’s mental health and well being is critical to a healthy society and the future economy. Changing Minds will seek to protect and nurture this most valuable of resources.

We are currently working towards raising the £3.7M required for our first centre. It is a big target to raise and we are fully aware this this will not be possible without the generosity of both individuals and business.”

For further information on Changing Minds with Pickup a Penny please visit their website