Sunday 29th September was the annual Robin Hood Half Marathon here in Nottingham, as a Trust we had 25 volunteers running on our behalf. The participants were raising money for our ‘It’s Tricky to Talk’ programme, a programme that is designed to encourage fans to talk more openly about mental health problems. Recently, we started our ‘Tricky Hub’ which is a biweekly informal and relaxed social hub for people living with mental health issues or generally struggling with life.

Amongst the runners were staff and Nottingham Forest fans, including our CEO Graham Moran and one of our Higher Education students George Caudwell. Within the group was Paul Martin from Bingham, who was running on behalf of his 18 year-old nephew Henry who sadly took his own life last year. Paul was running for us to help spread awareness of our ‘It’s Tricky to Talk’ programme, and to raise money for ‘The Tomorrow Project’ a local charity who helped him and his family with their bereavement.

This year we also had a runner who travelled over 7,000 miles from Chile to represent us in The Robin Hood Half. Agustín Ibarra Villagra is  25-year-old Nottingham Forest fan, who came to England to help us raise money for our mental health programme. We spoke to him before the big day and he said “I have never ran a full Marathon but I have run Half Marathons before. However, this one is special for sure, it’s my very first race outside Chile, in one of my favourite cities and representing Nottingham Forest Community Trust. I wouldn’t believe it if someone had told me this would happen to me. It is just too good to be real.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust would like to say a massive well done to everyone who took part in the marathon, and a huge thank you to everyone who donated money to this important cause. We raised an amazing amount of money that will ensure we can continue to run our ‘Tricky Hub’ and grow the ‘It’s Tricky to Talk’ programme further.