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Running a marathon to raise money for a mental health hospital

A local woman is tackling the London Marathon to raise funds for The Retreat Hospital in York, which supports people with mental health needs.

Amanda Midgley-Bliss, who is originally from Howden and now lives in Breighton with her husband and three daughters, decided to take up the challenge to support users at her work.

Amanda told Our Goole: “I have never run a marathon before in my life, but when I was asked at work if I would volunteer I was eager to apply despite the fact that I have never had any training! The Retreat Hospital in York, where I work, is a mental health hospital that takes care of vulnerable people that need lots of support.

Mental health is a big problem worldwide. People may not have enough experience with dealing with mental health issues and this leaves people alone and feeling isolated.

Amanda added: “I would really like to reach my £1,000 target for the Katherine Allen Unit, which I work on, as well as another £800 to buy an iPad, which would help some of our patients with later-stage dementia.

“If anyone can donate to this wonderful hospital I would hugely appreciate it. By raising the money, it will allow The Retreat Hospital to continue making the lives of our patients that little bit easier, by providing the quality care we pride ourselves on.”

To sponsor Amanda for the London Marathon, visit her JustGiving page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmandaMidgleyBliss

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