Organisers of the UK’s largest skipping challenge are appealing to the people of Leicestershire to join in raising awareness for Mental Health with Jump4Health.
Launched on 23rd April, National Skipping Day, the Jump4Health campaign has been organised by Sports Traider – a national charity which works with young people to help them gain employment and sporting opportunities. They do this by running a chain of charity sports shops across the Midlands, staffed by employees and volunteers.The founder of Sports Traider, Lance Haggith, set up the campaign in acknowledgement of the affects the coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly had.
‘You know how we help young people, well Jump4Health is my campaign to help kids struggling with mental health issues especially during lock down. Only yesterday I went to help a 12-year-old girl that was self-harming due to being bullied. I gave her a love myself goody bag along with a skipping rope that really helps when coping with anxiety. You get a similar rush of endorphins when skipping as you would when cutting yourself. The key with this situation is getting the girl to grab the rope rather than a knife or scissors.’
– Lance Haggith, 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award.
Lance has implemented Jump4health as a skipping challenge, which some celebrities have taken up as a pledge to the cause along with EverythingBranded of course!
EverythingBranded Donates £350 to Sports Traider
As well as joining in for #jump4health, EverythingBranded have donated £350 towards the cause. This money will enable 70 skipping ropes, contributed by Skip Beatz Skillz Ropes, to be distributed as part of the campaign. If you want to support the cause, you can also head to www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Skipping
Donations can also be made by text Jump to 70460 to donate £5. All profits from the campaign go towards increasing mental health services at the charity.