Clacks MP, Luke Graham, joined hundreds of other racers and fun runners on the 13.2 mile course for the Alloa Half Marathon. He was joined on the run by his Scottish Conservative and Unionist colleague, John Lamont, the MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.
Luke Graham had originally hoped to raise £500 for Reachout with Arts in Mind but is on course to match last year’s figure of £1137, having raised £1117.50. The fundraising page will be left open for another week should anyone wish to donate.
The charity, which aims to help people experiencing mental ill health, wellbeing issues or with disabilities in Clackmannanshire by providing a space for them to experience a range of expressive arts, was chosen by the MP following a visit to its site in Alloa last year.
Donations will help fund the redevelopment of the charity’s outdoor garden area that will enable the charity to offer a broader range of support services and experiences.
Reachout with Arts in Mind is a self-help group which utilises creativity as the means of improving confidence, self-esteem, motivation and aspirations for communities throughout Forth Valley.
Through its creative programmes its members experience considerable improvements to their mental health and wellbeing, develop positive relationships with peers, have improved self-acceptance, and begin to look to the future and how they can make the most of their lives.
Speaking after the run, Luke Graham commented:
“I would like to thank everyone who has kindly donated to Reachout with Arts in Mind, and I am delighted that we have raised over £1,000 through the Alloa Half Marathon!
I would also like to pass on my congratulations and thanks to the organisers and volunteers for arranging another fantastic race today, which I am sure was enjoyed by everyone.
I really enjoyed the race, and I am already looking forward to running it again next year!”