30th July 2021

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A couple from Furnace have set themselves the challenge of running 100 miles over the 40 days of lent in order to raise money for Llanelli Mind.

Jon and Helen Antoniazzi said that they had decided to set themselves the challenge because they wanted to do something positive that would help their own mental wellbeing over lockdown but would also help a local cause that is close to their hearts.

Helen Antoniazzi daytime running
Jon Antoniazzi night time running

The couple originally set themselves a target of raising £500 but said that they have been overwhelmed with support and have already raised over a thousand pounds. Jon Antoniazzi said: “We are certainly not the most light-footed pair of athletes to grace the parks and tracks of Llanelli, but we thought that instead of giving something up for Lent this year, we’d try to do something action focused instead.

“Many of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime and the pandemic has made things so much more difficult with increased loneliness and isolation. Support networks have been cut off for many, but Llanelli Mind continue to provide so much kindness to so many in the community, so we wanted to contribute in some small way to the important work that they do.”

Helen Antoniazzi added: “Like a lot of people we have been feeling the effects of lockdown on our mental wellbeing. We thought that setting ourselves this challenge would both help us to improve our own mental wellbeing, but would also enable us to help others to access help and support. Llanelli Mind is a fantastic local charity doing amazing work and we wanted to do what we could to help them to support people in the community locally.

“The pandemic and the lockdowns have placed people under a lot of pressure and have caused a lot of anxiety and isolation. We’ve been very concerned about the impact that this is having on people’s mental health, and by the fact that access to support services is so much more difficult at the moment. We hope that by doing this fundraiser, we can inform people about mental wellbeing and support others to talk more openly about their experiences. “We’re determined to cover the full 100 miles before lent is up, whatever the weather and we’re asking people to please consider donating – even if it’s only to force Jon outside in the rain and cold!”

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