SAMH is privileged to have had the support of Britain’s most celebrated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, since 2009.
In that time Sir Chris has devoted many hours to raising awareness of and funds for SAMH and the mental health cause.
In 2010 Sir Chris came to Celtic Park to launch our work in sport and physical activity. Our Get Active programme began in earnest and in the first phase went on to support hundreds of people to be active for their mental health.
Mental health is an issue for all of us and talking about it should be as easy as talking about our physical health. I’m proud to be SAMH’s Ambassador for mental health and well-being.
Sir Chris Hoy
Sir Chris visited our Redhall Walled Garden service in 2013. He met with the staff team and trainees who benefit from our approach to mental health support using therapeutic horticulture. Later that evening he was the guest of honour at our first black tie dinner. 250 generous supporters joined us to enjoy ‘An Evening with Sir Chris Hoy’, getting a chance to meet the man behind the handlebars. Together we raised £50,000, it was a truly incredible evening.
Since then Sir Chris has helped us launch two more campaigns, been guest of honour at two more dinners and has spent time with the SAMH team and service users. He has proudly supported SAMH during his appearance on the last ever ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and most recently when he was out at the Rio Olympic Games.
Even though Sir Chris is no longer competing his love of cycling remains. Each year Sir Chris organises the Hoy 100 cycling event in aid of SAMH and we couldn’t be more grateful for all that he does.
Watch our film to find out why Sir Chris supports SAMH and mental health.