Black and white image of Rich Williamson in a black t-shirt.

How do you train for a marathon? We asked the man who ran every day for a year

Rich Williamson has wholeheartedly dedicated his life to running. In March, Rich completed a full 365 days of running consecutively – he motivates others to use running as a means to positively impact their mental health and overall wellbeing. We spoke to Rich about what running means to him and why he chose to support the Grassroots Runners.

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ARXX: Starting a Conversation on Mental Health Through Their Music

ARXX are an all-girl alt-rock duo from Brighton who have something to say. With influences of grunge, pop and punk, their eclectic, powerfully written music can’t be neatly placed into a single genre. They use their music and platform to speak up for what they believe in and support causes close to their hearts. We chatted to ARXX about being a band in a pandemic, mental health and the role music plays in it, and dream first gigs.

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Four people standing in running gear on Brighton seafront.

What it’s like to be a Grassroots Runner – Spotlight on Melis Trimmer and the Sussex Uni Women’s Football Club

The Grassroots Runners are an amazing group of fundraisers who play a vital role in protecting our communities from suicide. Their fundraising breaks stigma, empowers communities and helps people get the support they need.

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2020 with Grassroots

This year, you have proved again how important you are.

When lockdown began, we knew things would be different. To keep people safe from suicide, we would have to adapt our work. So we turned to you, our supporters.

You helped us get to grips with our first ever webinars. You influenced a major upgrade of the StayAlive app. You ran virtual fundraising events and joined our online campaigns.

And together, we made a difference.

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Three people from Slam City Skates present at a Webinar.

Helping skaters become lifesavers

Ben Raemers’ passion for life and skating was contagious, matched only by his skill. At 13, he petitioned his local council to build a skatepark. At 18, he was competing professionally and grabbing attention from the biggest skate brands in the world. At 25, he won ‘King of the Road’, one of the toughest skatebording comps in America.

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BBC Radio Sussex: Make A Difference Heroes Awards

Raquel is a Grassroots Suicide Prevention supporter and fundraiser who has appeared in our blog before. She is always keen to support us and to spread the message of suicide prevention far and wide. She set herself the challenge of fundraising for us through an amazing 40 events in a year!

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