Helen Playford


Mind has been speaking out for better mental health for 60 years and is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. At Mind, we work for a better life for everyone with experience of mental or emotional distress.
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Helen Playford's fundraising page

Helen Playford

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/helen-playford-SAVMLMBONDS33

Well hello there!

This isn't the first time I've written one of these pages, but it is the biggest challenge I've ever been daft enough to attempt!

I'm a runner, although it still feels weird to say that! I've completed 4 half-marathons in the last couple of years, and nothing quite compares to the giddy thrill of crossing the finish line.

I run because it feels good to get outside and because it plays a huge part in managing the symptoms of the mental illnesses I deal with.

Mental health issues affect so many people. Those that don't suffer themselves will almost certainly know and love someone who does. There is, unfortunately, still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding mental illness. For example, how often when we see a news article about a shocking violent crime do we hear "well they must have a mental illness" or "they're not right in the head"? How many people dress up as "insane asylum" patients on Halloween? How many people insist that since a mental illness is "all in your head" then you must be able to feel better through sheer force of will and a positive attitude?

Mental illness isn't a joke, nor is it something we should be afraid of. As a charity Mind works to support people suffering with mental health issues and to quote their website: "We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect".

And that's why I'm running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Mind! I am healthier and happier now than I have been in a long time and that's because I have received the support and respect I needed to come to terms with my anxiety and depression and to lessen their impact on my daily life.

If you would like to sponsor me, please use this page. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me. 

Recent donors


12.05.17 Well done!

11.05.17 Well Done Great Effort

10.05.17 Well done! if I did a marathon in under 6 days I'd probably be happy!

10.05.17 Well done Helen.

10.05.17 Congratulations! Lots of respect for raising the important issue of mental health and the stigma still associated with it by putting your face on it. All the best!

07.05.17 Well done Hels. A fantastic achievement xxx

07.05.17 Magnificent! So very proud of you.

07.05.17 Well done Helen! On behalf of Uncle Alan and Auntie Sally.

04.05.17 Huge well done Helen and for a great cause!

27.04.17 First marathon under your belt (or feet) for a great cause! Love from Emma, Robin and Meredith (and licks from Jarvis and Muddy) xxx

27.04.17 Well done Helen!

24.04.17 Well done Helen, rather you than us!

23.04.17 A pound for each mile Helen - you have done yourself and everyone so proud!!! WELL DONE times a million!!


23.04.17 Good luck for tomorrow. All the best. Lots of love Xxxxx

22.04.17 Good luck for the race and well done for your hard work for a great charity. Run Helen, Run...

21.04.17 Helen, you're a hero for doing all this fundraising and for even attempting the race in lieu if your recent injury. Amazing effort and very inspirational! Best of luck for the day. Love Kat. Xxx

21.04.17 Best of luck Helen!!! You are an inspiration!

19.04.17 I hope it goes well. Thank you for doing it for such an important cause.

17.04.17 as promised. . .

17.04.17 Well done for taking this on to raise money for such an important cause. Good luck on the 23rd, from me and the family.

30.03.17 Great cause. All the best - break that wall!

29.03.17 Happy to support a worthy cause. Just don't break yourself while running!

28.03.17 Why did I choose that nickname for a marathon donation page? I'm glad you ask. It seemed appropriate since it is a running gag. Good luck Helen.


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