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Good luck to our Torbay Half Marathon and 10K runners

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Charity, News on 9th September, 2021

Torbay Half Marathon logoThis Sunday is the Torbay Half Marathon and 10K and we have 20 amazing runners taking part supporting the DPT Charity.

Some of our staff runners include: Jodie, Occupational Therapy Assistant. Jodie said: “This is the first charity run I have ever done and one that I wanted to do because it's so close to my heart. I am a great believer that nobody should face a mental health problem alone, with DPT's support we can give people a way forward, help them to understand their options and go on to live their best lives in the community knowing that they are supported. Running doesn't only help raise some money it also be helps us to campaign for better services and support so people experiencing a mental health problem to get the help they need, when they need it." Support Jodie here.

Tanya, Consultant said: “I saw the notice on our staff intranet about the Torbay 10K for the DPT charity and it seemed a good goal, motivator and initiative to raise money for mental health. Serendipity came in to play. I have seen that the charitable funds are used to improve the quality of life for service users, arranging Christmas parties, art funds, renovating courtyards and gardens for hospital inpatients and visits by a therapy dog. I would like to contribute to this work." Support Tanya here.

Vic, Project Support Officer said: “Training has been tough. I have completed numerous running events before but within the past year I haven’t done as much running. I moved between lockdowns and found myself a local running club to help keep me motivated but being stuck indoors during lockdowns and not doing my usual activities has meant I have managed to injure myself more easily. I have had to stop running to ensure I heal fully. I have been keeping up my fitness with alternatives such as spinning. I’m not alone when I say I have struggled this past year with lockdowns and restrictions so I think it’s more important than ever to support mental health. Exercising is a great way to improve mental health so not only am I helping myself with training, I’m raising money at the same time to help others." Support Vic here.

Other runners also include Henry Dunn, Senior Arts Psychotherapist who can recently be seen playing a piano purchased using charitable funds. Watch a video of Henry playing the new piano. He said: “Thanks to a generous donation, the Arts Therapies Service at The Briars were able to replace their old piano. This piano was very old and, though beautiful, was prone to going out of tune very quickly. The replacement piano, as demonstrated by myself, is nearly new and much more robust. Having a better piano will aid the therapists in providing a higher quality musical response to our clients in our joint music making, or for the clients themselves to play. If the instruments you play are of a high quality, you feel more valued and more able to express yourself." Support Henry here.

Thank you and good luck to all our runners taking part this weekend. With your help and support the DPT Charity is able to enhance our services above and beyond what the NHS is able to fund such as this piano for our Art Therapies Team.

If you’d like to fundraise for us or have any questions please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising, at