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Jonathan Ashworth, the MP for Leicester South, has taken on a 5K charity challenge ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mr Ashworth, who also serves as the government’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, joined staff from Leicestershire action for Mental Health Project (Lamp) plus event partners and ambassadors, to complete a 5km challenge by running, walking, cycling and dog walking.

Picture: Lamp

The event, which took place on at Victoria Park, serves as a curtain-raiser for Lamp’s week-long Trip to the Moon 5k fundraiser which will take place during Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9-15), and aims to promote the positive effects of physical exercise on mental health.

The charity is encouraging everyone to take part in a 5k or more physical activity as part of its Trip to the Moon 5k campaign. This can include walking, running, cycling or roller-skating, to collectively reach 384,400km – the distance from the Earth to the moon, and raise money for each kilometre covered, aiming for a total of £38,440. The funds will go towards supporting the charity’s services.

Speaking on the day, Jonathan Ashworth MP said: “It’s a pleasure to lend my support to Lamp once more as part of this year’s Trip to the Moon 5k campaign. As a leading local mental health advocacy charity, Lamp plays a vital role in helping people seek support for their mental health issues. The charity’s role in mental health has come into sharp focus as we have had to contend with the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns.

“I encourage everyone to take part in Lamp’s Trip to the Moon campaign. Engaging with others through taking up a 5k challenge is a great way to create a network of friends who share your passion for exercise whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle to strengthen your mental health.”

Richard Kotulecki, Lamp’s CEO added: “We are grateful for Jonathan’s support and hope that his example will show how the Lamp 5k can continue to promote the positive impacts that physical exercise can have on people’s mental health and raise some valuable funds for the charity.”

For details on Lamp’s 2022 Trip to the Moon 5k challenge and to see how you can take part, visit:

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