Nurtureuk is delighted to share that fifteen-year-old Louis Dunn, star of popular CBBC show ‘Jamie Johnson’, is taking on the Simplyhealth Manchester 10k challenge on Sunday 19th May to support children and young people struggling with their mental health.
Speaking about running for nurtureuk, Louis says:
‘I understand that not all children have the support and opportunities that I have had and can struggle with mental health that can be related to several different issues in life. I would like fans of the show, and other children to be aware that all of us have times in our lives that we may struggle with. Support is out there and all you have to do is talk, and I would like to please encourage you to reach out and speak to someone who can help. Please donate to ensure that more children and young people can receive the support they desperately need.’
The crisis in schools with regard to exclusions has been widespread in the news over the last 18 months. In 2016/2017 academic year, there were 7,700 exclusions from schools, equating to about 40 permanent exclusions a day from English state schools. A lack of adequate support for children’s wellbeing can get in the way of their learning and increase the risk of exclusion, contributing to the growing social isolation many children and young people feel. Nurtureuk is working hard to change this through providing training, consultancy and community support in schools to embed a nurturing ethos and inclusive approach to education.
Nurtureuk’s Community Engagement and Fundraising Manager, Gill Fewins adds:
‘We are absolutely thrilled that Louis has decided to take on this challenge for nurtureuk. No child should feel excluded or isolated. Nurtureuk is working hard to offer alternatives to exclusions in schools, so every child is included, their wellbeing is supported and they are getting the quality education they are entitled to. Nurtureuk would like to say a huge thank you to Louis and his donors for their support, we are very grateful.’
If you would like to make a contribution to support Louis and his fellow volunteers on their run, please click here.