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Katie Worden, who studies French and International Development Studies, and is Charity Officer of the Yoga Society, will be descending with a group of her student friends, as part of her latest fundraiser for Chapter.

Chapter, which supports people with severe and enduring mental health problems, has been the Yoga Society’s chosen charity this academic year. Katie decided that she would also like to add to the Society’s fundraising efforts by joining the charity abseil this Saturday.

Earlier this month, in partnership with Chester Students’ Union (CSU) and Active Cheshire, the Yoga Society hosted a charity zorbing event at the University’s Parkgate Road Campus, where students and staff were invited to submit teams for zorb football. That event on its own raised over £80 for Chapter – as well as providing fun and a de-stress at exam time for those who took part.

Over the academic year, the Society has raised £161. Katie hopes to take that total to £502 through Saturday’s abseil, which is enough to support one person with severe and enduring mental health problems for a whole year.

Katie said: “Alongside our upcoming sponsored cathedral abseil, I wanted to organise the zorbing event to raise awareness of the Yoga Society, and to encourage students who perhaps don't participate in sport to get involved. Fundraising is extremely difficult in the current climate and with so many worthy causes, so we wanted to come up with an idea that was unique. The event basically involved getting inside a giant blow up zorb and running around with your friends. No ability was required and the activity itself was also the perfect revision break to de-stress. My next mission is to abseil down the Cathedral wall - this time with friends from the University who aren’t in the same society, but who have also been super supportive of our fundraising efforts this year. We’ll be working hard to raise money for such a wonderful local charity in the process.

“With an epidemic sweeping the country, we all have very personal experiences with mental health problems. Mental health affects one in four people and charities like Chapter are so important as a direct point of contact.”

Matt Zeqiri, from Chapter, said: “We are so grateful for the brilliant fundraising efforts of Katie and her fellow fundraisers. Chapter is a small charity and funds raised for us really do make a huge difference. Chapter has supported more than 2,500 local people with severe mental illness since 1991, and we couldn’t continue to do it without the hard work and creativity of people like the students of the University of Chester.”

Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire, said: “It is fantastic to see students from the University of Chester working to benefit our community in Cheshire and Warrington, all while getting active. The importance of getting active and having fun, is incredibly important for both mental and physical wellbeing.”

From the recent Active Lives Survey, there are 179,900 people in Cheshire and Warrington who are not getting active, and Active Cheshire believes that events such as these help to make sure that we are all hitting our recommended amount of physical activity of 30 minutes a day.

More information about Chapter can be found at: http://chapterwestcheshire.org/

Katie’s fundraising page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katie-worden1

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