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Team Beacon are raising money for Beacon Counselling

Team Beacon are raft canoeing the River Mersey for Mental Health!

Event date: 14th May 2022

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Team Beacon are completing the Stockport - Sale Canoe Charity Challenge on Saturday 14th May 9am-2.30pm to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 9th-15th May 2022 and raise awareness of mental health and essential funds for Beacon Counselling, a mental health charity in Stockport providing therapy and wellbeing services to adults, children and young people.

People suffering mental and emotional distress are coping with a daily challenge. Beacon is here for anyone suffering with emotional distress and we work tirelessly to ensure that every year we reach more and more people with our work. Our free counselling service supports those financially disadvantaged, supporting 700+ individuals with essential therapy services each year.

More than ever however, we need financial support to fund our work to help us transform lives and meet demand – our essential free counselling services wouldn’t exist without the kind donations we receive from donors. By sponsoring our Canoe Charity Challenge, you can help Beacon's essential services shine a light on a brighter future at the darkest of times and help us to improve lives and build resilience in those experiencing mental distress to learn the coping skills they need to move on positively with their lives.

The approx. schedule is below, for those that wish to come on down and wave hello!

9.30am: Set sail from Lower Reddish Vale Country Park

We paddle through what is deemed the most interesting route consisting of a 500m tunnel and small weirs (waterfalls) down the River Tame to where the River Goyt joins and the whole river becomes The Mersey. This paddle will take around 1hr 15mins to 1hr 30mins.

10.45-11.00am: Arrival at Burnage Rugby Club.

11.15-11.30am: Depart from Burnage Rugby Club. We Paddle downstream through Didsbury and alongside Fletcher Moss.

This paddle will take around 1hr 15mins, shooting down a fun sloping weir to Northenden.

12.30-12.45pm: Arrive at Northenden.

1.15-1.30pm: Depart from Northenden through West Didsbury and past Chorlton Waterpark to the final stop! This paddle will take around 1hr.

2.15-2.30pm: We arrive at Jackson’s Boat Pub

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Our updates

1 week ago

"In the same way that we have physical health to manage regularly, we all have mental health that requires our attention, fluctuating based on our personal circumstances, genetics and environment. Experiencing poor mental health can feel scary and isolating, especially in young people who frequently report feeling misunderstood and alone with their issues. Through working for Beacon Counselling, I have the rewarding opportunity to normalise the mental health challenges of children and young people. It is a privilege to facilitate the emotional growth of young people, building their confidence and enabling them to connect with those around them, re-engage in activities and find their passions. I am particularly passionate about supporting young people to speak their truth, alleviating shame.

Mental Health Awareness Week is a reminder for each of us to check in with ourselves and loved ones, practicing what we preach. Building community and connection is a brilliant way to manage wellbeing, and following the impact of the pandemic, this challenge couldn't have come at a better time. I am excited to take to the Mersey alongside a fantastic group of colleagues - nothing like rowing at full speed over a fast flowing weirs to bond with the team!

Thank you for your ongoing support, we are very grateful for any donations.

Gaby, Team Beacon x

3 weeks ago

A brighter light has been shone on mental health and emotional wellbeing over the last few years, but there is still a long way to go to reduce stigma, increase understanding and create an accepting environment in which mental health conversations are commonplace.

I am passionate about contributing towards making mental health narrative a natural component of everyday life which is why the opportunity to raise money for Mental Health Awareness Week is so important to me. Working for Beacon as part of the CYP team has given me my dream platform to be involved in early interventions for young people, to start mental health conversations early. Any awareness raised around mental health is a step towards evolving an accepting culture to create a world more comfortable to live in for those experiencing mental health struggles. Any contribution to such an important cause is so incredibly appreciated!

As a new member of the Beacon Team, I'm also looking at my involvement in the canoe challenge as a way to initiate myself into the Beacon family and share a challenging and exciting experience with memories to last forever.

Sarah, Team Beacon x

Team Beacon are fundraising for

Beacon Counselling

Charity number: 1109545

Team Beacon are fundraising as part of

Stockport - Sale Rafted Canoe Charity Challenge

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