RED January on the Radio


Coventry and Warwickshire Mind ambassadors and REDers Dee Hodgson and Emily Bunce

RED January participants for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind have been on the radio to talk about the move more challenge.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Ambassadors, Emily Bunce and Dee Hodgson, have been interviewed live on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire by presenter Vic Minett, to explain why getting involved in the move more in January campaign is beneficial to mental as well as physical wellbeing.

Three years ago, Dee weighed 26.5 stones, experienced extensive mental health issues and could only walk 100 metres. Now she has lost 14.5 stones and feels the positive impact of exercising more.

She explained how research has shown the connection between increased physical activity and improved mental health.

Emily said: “If you don’t consider yourself a runner, we’re not asking you to run, we’re just asking you to move every day.”

About RED January

RED January is for people of all abilities to get involved with an activity of their choice. Whether it’s running, walking, jogging, swimming, or star jumping, the choice is yours. It’s the ideal opportunity to start the new year with a positive challenge, your way.

We are delighted so many people across Coventry and Warwickshire have already pledged to take part in RED January in aid of our charity, and it was lovely to hear our ambassadors talking about their RED January journey so far in such a fun and engaging way. Well done Emily and Dee!

You can listen to their interview online from 1hr 20mins in here.

Get involved

Don’t forget it’s not too late to become a REDer if you haven’t already. Let’s all get moving more this month.

Find out more and how to sign up FREE here.

An Amazing Year with Elite Group

We would like to thank one of our corporate fundraising partners, Elite Group, where staff have raised a brilliant £13,959.96 since the start of the year for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, by donating every month and getting involved in a range of fundraising events. Read on to discover some of their highlights.



Wolf Run

One of the first organised events Elite Group staff took part in was the Wolf Run in April. A total of 22 team members from Elite Group completed the Wolf Run for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.



Three Peaks Challenge

Their next big event was the Three Peaks Challenge. The three mountains attempted were Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and ten members of Elite Group took on the huge challenge; Luke Moore, Luke Arnold, Laura Dewes, Laura Rollins, Paul Wilkinson, Phil Kolodynski, Charlie Stevens, Lisa McClusker, Andy White and Leah Turner. Four of the team managed to climb all three mountains, seven managed two mountains and nine climbed one mountain, so a big thank you to all who took part.


CW Mind skydive

Two team members from Elite Group Josh Lane and Andy White as well as a team members son Ben Chapman joined a number of other brave skydivers to take part in the Big CW Mind Skydive in May 2018. Over £1,000 was raised for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind by the participants from the Elite Group. Well done!



September Ball

On behalf of Elite Group, company director Luke and his family organised a ball that took place in September. This raised a fantastic £3,250 which money has gone towards funding the following services at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind:


  • 2 x Anxiety Management & Relaxation Courses (10 weeks)
  • 2 x Coping with Low Mood and Depression (5 weeks)
  • 2 x Wellbeing in Later Life (3 weeks)
  • 2 x Improving Confidence and Self Esteem (5 weeks)


Congratulations to Elite Group on such an amazing, action-packed year!