Sheffield student accommodation staff climb Yorkshire Three Peaks for charity

5 May 2022

Staff members from Homes for Students, Sheffield, are taking part in the Yorkshire three peaks challenge on May 12 to raise money for Student Minds.

Five team members will tackle a 24 mile walk which includes three mountains and a 5,000 feet vertical ascent.

Nathan Dennis, 31, property manager at Beton House in Park Hill, said: “Student well-being is the main priority for all of our residents, so it seems right we raise money to support a charity that also has well-being at the top of its list.”

Student Minds works to empower students to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.

Samantha Smith, 52, property manager at Rockingham House, said: “Student Minds is close to our hearts since a number of residents experienced issues with their mental health during the pandemic.”

The charity offers peer support plans, university workshops and online support for struggling students.

Mrs Smith, who is trained as a mental health first aider, is encouraging students to be more open about their mental health. She said: “Any of the staff members are always here to chat to.

“I do advise people to talk to their friends and be open with them if they feel any issues starting to form.

“There’s a stigma that you’ve got to keep things to yourself but if you open up people are there to help.”

Homes for Students staff will take on the Three Peaks challenge next week.

Kate Mitchell, 28, Fundraising and Developing Manager for Student Minds, said: “Students face a number of social, financial and academic pressures, the challenges of the last couple of years have only added to this.

“Fifty-two per cent of the students we spoke to said they often felt lonely or isolated during the first term of this academic year.”

The team aim to tackle the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.

Training for the event, Mr Dennis said: “I’ve walked more since signing up for this challenge than I ever had before and the lift is a no-go area when I’m working at Beton House, I only take the stairs!”

The team are hoping to raise a total of £1,500 and are accepting donations on their GoFundMe page.

If you need to talk to someone about your mental health, The Samaritans helpline is open 24/7 on 116 123.

Written by Yasmin Wakefield

Trainee journalist at The University of Sheffield.

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