Wild swimming raises funds for Gardiner HillNAViGO Admin
“I am quite open about my mental health with people as it is a topic which needs to be spoken about more openly,” said Renee.
“Nearly everyone I speak to has at some point in their life suffered themselves or knows someone who has suffered with some kind of mental health issue.
“There are too many people suffering in silence because of the stigma behind it and this is where deeper problems can occur.”
NAViGO’s charitable partner, the Gardiner Hill Foundation was formed in order to enhance and enrich the lives of those who struggle with their mental health.
It works alongside essential services to support education, training, employment and independent living.
All trustees and support staff of the Gardiner Hill Foundation are volunteers, which means all donations go directly towards helping people in the North East Lincolnshire area.
Renee completed the mile-long swim in 50 minutes and 37 seconds – braving some dreadful weather which saw the men’s and women’s elite wild swimming races cancelled due to safety concerns.
The current total raised, including both Just Giving and offline donations stands at almost £500 – surpassing Renee’s target of £300.
You can still back Renee’s swim by visiting her JustGiving page, where you can also read her full story.
To find out more about the Gardiner Hill Foundation, the work they do and the support available for those who have, or care for someone with, a mental health illness, click here.