Stephen Green from Uckfield who has completed the Fourtitude Challenge in Lloyds Banking Group team.

Stephen completes gruelling challenge to raise funds for Mental Health UK

Uckfield man Stephen Green, together with more than 60 colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group has completed a gruelling challenge and helped to raise £317,097 for Mental Health UK.

The Fourtitude Challenge consisted of a mental agility test, 978 metres of Scafell Pike, cycling 100 miles and a half-marathon, all over the course of four days.

The challenge was named Fourtitude to reflect that one in four people experience mental health problems. Also it was undertaken within four days, starting in four teams, one from each home nation.

The challenge was held in aid of Lloyds Banking Group’s two-year charity partnership with Mental Health UK which aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, encourage discussion between customers and colleagues, and raise at least £2 million per year to enable the creation of a Mental Health and Money Advice Service.

Stephen, who had already taken part in a number of physical challenges for charity said this one was “really tough”.

He added: “The individual elements were challenging enough but doing them one after the other over four days was truly exhausting.

“We bonded as a team during the challenge and our collective determination helped me through it.

“I am thrilled we have raised so much for Mental Health UK, and I hope this challenge inspires more people to get involved and help raise money for this important cause.”

Fiona Cannon, group director, Responsible Business and Inclusion, at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “This is certainly one of the toughest challenges we have ever set up for our colleagues. We could not be prouder of everyone involved.”

Brian Dow, managing director of Mental Health UK said: “This was an incredibly tough challenge demonstrating Lloyds Banking Group’s whole-hearted commitment to this partnership.

“To show my support of their efforts, I ran alongside them in the half-marathon part of the challenge. I cannot imagine how they all felt doing that after their hiking and chcling challenge the previous two days and I ongratulate them all on managing to complete this and for pushing themselves so hard.

“We are hugely grateful for the awareness and the significant funding the Fourtitude Challenge has generated.”

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