Staff from Club Doncaster will be taking part in a 12-hour overnight trek on July 13 - 14 across the Peak District in order to raise money for mental health charity Mind.
Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin, head of football administration and operations Mary Lally, head of stadium operations Marie Hepburn, DNA Card sales executive Laura Hemstock, commercial executive Sophie Scargill, head of people and culture Kirsty Cavanagh, and Kellie Whitehead digital marketing executive are all taking part in the trek and are hoping to raise £500 each for the charity.
The trek promises a test of endurance and strength as the participants battle the dark, the elements, and a long walk over tough terrain in order to raise funds for Mind. Each of the participants has their own reasons for taking part.
Mary said: “Working with Mind this season has made me realise that it is ok and good to talk openly about how you feel, however big or small. I suffer with anxiety at times and went through a stage in my life where panic attacks happened on a daily basis, I wouldn’t go shopping or take my children anywhere on my own and would not have stepped into a football stadium!
“The Peak District Challenge will bring me some anxiety as I am frightened of the dark and I am not good when I have had no sleep. However, I won’t be alone, I will be with like-minded people and if I can help by raising awareness and help raise money for this fantastic charity then I would feel immensely proud.”
Marie added: “From my personal experiences of dealing with chronic pain and the daily impact that has on my mental health, I felt that the physical and mental challenge of the event represented my own personal journey. I hope that by taking part, we can help raise some money for the charity as well as raising awareness of the help available to those who might be struggling with their own mental health.”