Julie Hardy has just completed the RED (Run Every Day) January challenge for the mental health charity MIND. It is an initiative run by the charity to raise funds, but more importantly to raise awareness about the positive effect of exercise upon mental health.
Julie is one of the lawyers in our clinical negligence team, and sadly she deals with many claims concerning failures in relation to psychiatric treatment. MIND is a charity close to her heart. We understand that over 20,000 people took part in RED January and at least £500,000 was raised for the charity.
Talking about the challenge Julie said:
“I have taken part in many running events including half marathons, but RED January was the most challenging! It has been a cold, dark and wet month so staying motivated to put on my trainers and run every day has not been easy. The low point was early on in the month when I was suffering from a cold and sore throat. I arrived home from work feeling terrible, looking at the rain and howling wind outside. I only managed to run half a mile to and from the local shop to pick up some lemsips!
Surprisingly though I felt much better for it and I am sure this is testament to the positive mental effects of exercise. By the end of the month I had run over 72 miles and had certainly kick-started my good intentions to exercise more in 2018. Mind you- I’m glad it’s February now!”
We know our clients can suffer from mental health issues after serious injury. Sadly, Julie has also acted for families who have lost a loved one from suicide which was preventable. Help support Mind and read about their invaluable work at: