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MindSpace founder Dr Dan Petrie will take part in Stamford Santa Fun Run



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A GP will dress as Santa and run around Burghley Park to raise funds for the community charity he co-founded.

Dr Dan Petrie aims to raise £5,000 for MindSpace by taking part in the Stamford Santa Fun Run on December 5.

The fundraising challenge has a poignancy for Dan, whose wife, Cassie, has struggled with her mental health, particularly during the covid pandemic.

The Petrie family have had long spells without wife and mum Cassie, who has suffered with poor mental health
The Petrie family have had long spells without wife and mum Cassie, who has suffered with poor mental health

He said: “Already struggling with mental illness, everything covid has done to isolate people and take away support networks has made this an incredibly tough time, resulting in two long spells in hospital away from us and several occasions when the illness and the distress it causes nearly meant we lost Cassie.”

He added that he wants Cassie to "be there when we do things as a family”, and keeping people included in the family and the community is one of the aims of MindSpace.

Dan and the MindSpace team want to keep the charity’s premises open in Broad Street, Stamford, more often, including evenings when people tend to struggle more.

The Stamford Santa Fun Run take place on December 5
The Stamford Santa Fun Run take place on December 5

He added: “As a small, new charity that is a big ask. We have volunteers, and we always need more, but charities have core costs that have to be covered and I hope to raise the funds for those so the charity can get on and continue to support our community for all our neighbours, colleagues, friends and family to thrive through its activities.”

Dan, Cassie, and their children Fergus 11, nine-year-old Gretel, seven-year-old Ezra, and two-year-old Oran will be part of Team MindSpace at the Stamford Santa Fun Run. To sponsor them click here.

Santa Fun Run participants can raise sponsorship for a specific charity, or simply enter the event which costs £13 (£7 children) during October. Money raised by event will be shared between MindSpace Stamford, the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, and the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley’s charities. Enter at www.stamfordsantafunrun.com



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