Luke Graham MP to run Alloa Half Marathon for “Reachout with Arts in Mind”

Clacks MP, Luke Graham, has announced he will be raising funds for ‘Reachout with Arts in Mind’ in the upcoming Alloa Half Marathon.

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.

Craig Machan, Chair of Reachout Board stated:

“Reachout with Arts in Mind during 2019 plan to start work on developing a Japanese garden project which will provide an invaluable open and safe space for our members.

Members will be able take part in creating the space but equally benefit from being outside in the summer months engaging with nature. 

The charity would like to thank Luke for his support in running the Alloa Half Marathon and any contribution would be warmly welcomed.”

Last year, Mr Graham targeted £500 for Breathe Easy Clacks, the local British Lung Foundation, eventually raising more and has targeted the same amount for this year’s charity.

Commenting, Luke Graham MP said:

“I was really impressed by Reachout with Arts in Mind when I visited their site last year, and was keen to support them by raising funds through the Alloa Half-Marathon.

We had great success last year, and I hope to be able to provide the same level of support again for a fantastic local charity.

I now look forward to racing on the 31st March!”