Name: Trevor Hunt
Year you ran the London Marathon: 2020
Charity pledge amount: £2,000
Amount raised: £2,951
Why did you choose to run for Mind?
I’ve suffered from mental health problems for many years now. I’ve gone through various channels of treatment – from counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, appointments with psychologists and psychiatrists, and been on all manner of drugs, which I’m still prescribed today.
I’ve taken overdoses, though thankfully none have been too serious.
Mental health is something that has affected other members of my family too. My grandfather took his own life before I was born. Then there was my brother, Ady, who did the same thing eight years ago. He was a little over a year older than I am now.
I want, and continue to want, to raise awareness for better mental health, a message that Mind promotes, hence supporting this charity is a natural fit for me.
Was this your first marathon?
No. I ran my first, and only previous marathon, in 2019 for Mind also. I didn’t have a charity place that time, I won my place in a competition – but I still raised more than £1,000.
Did you feel daunted by your fundraising target at first? If so, how did you overcome that?
Yes, totally daunted. I knew I wanted to run the London Marathon, but was apprehensive about raising the required amount for charity.
I had never raised so much money for a charity before so didn’t have a clue how I could do it. But it soon became apparent that if I was willing to share my story, people would listen. They were interested in my reasons for wanting to run a marathon, and with that they started donating. People wanted to support me, and I was giving them a route to do that by donating to my chosen charity.
Once I felt the support of people, it became a lot less daunting.
What were your top five ways of raising funds?
- Tell your story on your online charity page and share it everywhere: social media, local publications, and so on. Make it personal to you, open up as to why you want to run a marathon, and why you have chosen this charity. Update your charity page regularly with your training – include the ‘downs’ as well as your achievements – and share the page after every update. Let people know this isn’t just one run, let them see all your runs.
- Ask for donations of items to sell at a car boot sale – people love a clear-out. Set up your stall with banners and flags, making it evident that what you sell is going to charity. Take a sponsorship form as people may be willing to donate as well as buy.
- Hold a raffle, ask companies for donations and advertise it well: posters on telegraph poles, social media, shop windows. Think of add-ons to the raffle, such as selling cakes and hot drinks as well.
- Quiz night in a pub – the publican will love the crowds a quiz night draws in. Make an agreement on the drink sales, for example 50p/£1 for every pint sold goes to your charity. Think about food as an add-on, even hold a small raffle afterwards too!
- Crafting: ask friends and family who like crafting to make things for you to sell – I’ve had success with cushions, knitted bees, and more.