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Running the Bupa 10,000 for SLaM

21.05.15 Categories: Staff stories

Alan Downey from London joined the board of South London and Maudsley as a non-executive director a year ago, around the time he retired from his career as a financial adviser. He is running the Bupa London 10,000 on bank holiday Monday 25 May to raise vital funds, as well as awareness about the local and national work SLaM provides in mental health.

‘Since joining the SLaM board I've been very impressed by the achievements of the Maudsley charity, including for example the building of the Learning Centre and the redevelopment of the Bethlem Gallery & Museum. I am also keen to do what I can to draw attention to the great work that SLaM does in the local community and nationally and the contribution that it makes, together with Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), to research and development in mental health.

I took part in the Bupa 10,000 in 2006 but I haven't taken part in any runs since then. My time back in 2006 was around 47 minutes and 50 seconds, and I'm aiming to beat that time if I can. I'd ideally like to finish in under 45 minutes, but I fear that may be over-optimistic.

I have been training once or twice a week in Richmond Park and along the Thames between Kew and Hammersmith.

I am looking forward to joining in with lots of other people in what I am sure will be a fun event.'

You can support Alan’s efforts by visiting his fundraising page.

Find out more about the events you can take part in to fundraise for SLaM, like Alan.