After a challenging year for all of us, Allana decided to take part in the Virtual SAMH Stomp to do something for others…

"For me personally, I wanted to take part in something that made a difference to Scotland’s mental health.

"2020 and lockdown had been a tough year for all of us. I felt so lost in lockdown - it seemed never-ending and dark nights were setting in, which worried me.

"So last October, I decided to take part in the Virtual Stomp. It was a mental and physical challenge but I enjoyed gathering my thoughts and being outside to exercise. Exercise is soup for the soul – especially just now.

"I did the Stomp on the stairs in my local park in Gourock, facing the bonnie River Clyde.

"I took part driven by a basic instinct to want everyone to be okay. Whether it be someone to text, call or visit outside, nobody should feel completely isolated from society – everyone should have someone.

"I ended up raising just over £1,200 within two weeks and I’m very proud to support SAMH and the work they do. For those who don’t have anyone, SAMH can be that someone by providing support to those in need. It really is good to talk and if we can all learn something from the pandemic, it is that mental health is as important as physical.

"I hope that people across the county continue to support this vital charity and hope that I inspired others to take part in the Virtual Stomp in 2021. Massive well done to those who are fundraising now and good luck to those in the future. You should all feel proud. You are making this world a better place!" 

Thank you to Allana for raising vital funds for SAMH and Scotland's mental health through the virtual SAMH Stomp.

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