Teen tackles three races to raise funds for mental health charity in memory of Meldreth friend Ed Mallen

PUBLISHED: 17:38 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:38 23 May 2016

Close friends: (Left to right) Ed Mallen, Ollie Hastings, Seb Grant and Leo Charlesworth.

Close friends: (Left to right) Ed Mallen, Ollie Hastings, Seb Grant and Leo Charlesworth.

Archant

The close friend of a Meldreth teen who tragically took his own life last year has spoken of his pride in taking part in a trio of races to raise money for a charity set up in his memory.

Wimpole Estate 10k. PICTURE: Richard Foister.Wimpole Estate 10k. PICTURE: Richard Foister.

Seb Grant – a school friend of Ed Mallen who died when he was struck by a train last year at just 18-years-old – has so far completed two of the three 10k runs organised by Hoohaah for The MindEd Trust. The race organisers chose the trust as their charity of the year.

The latest run saw hundreds take part in the event held in the grounds of Wimpole Estate on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, who works as a duty manager at The Plough in Shepreth, said: “There was a really friendly atmosphere, people who were struggling were really encouraged. It feels really good to be helping somehow.”

The MindEd Trust was set up by Ed’s dad Steve Mallen in the wake of his death, to support early prevention through mental health and literary programmes.

Steve Mallen marshalling at the 10k event on Sunday. PICTURE: Richard Foister.Steve Mallen marshalling at the 10k event on Sunday. PICTURE: Richard Foister.

Seb said: “I think the work that Steve has done to raise awareness is fantastic, it’s great that he’s turned a tragic situation into something positive.

“Ed’s death has made our friendship group more supportive of each other.

“If someone is being difficult, there may be a reason for it. You shouldn’t move away from them. I want to get involved in more fundraising events and help the charity in any way that I can.”

Seb will be dusting off his trainers once again to run the final 10k at Hatfield Forest on Sunday, June 19.

You can still support him in his fundraising mission by visiting his page – search for ‘Seb Grant’ on mydonate.bt.com under the ‘Sponsor a Fundraiser’ section.

Steve said: “We were of course delighted that the Wimpole run was completely oversubscribed with nearly 700 runners and dozens more spectators offering overwhelming support. I would of course like to personally thank Hannah and Alison at Hoohaah for staging such a tremendous morning. I would also like to thank all our friends and volunteers who helped make this such a memorable event. All the monies raised will go to help young people right across our community.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

12:01

The MP for South Cambridgeshire has organised a public meeting for constituents to discuss their views on Brexit.

Yesterday, 10:03

Saving for a prolonged period of travel is essential, says our financial columnist Peter Sharkey. And now might just be the best time to go.

Yesterday, 09:29

Sandon schoolchildren have visited a farm in the village as part of their local history and geography project.

Yesterday, 00:00

David Joseph Dodds trading as David Dods Transport Ltd of Hillside Farm, Newmarket Road, Royston, Herts SG8 7LZ of 129 London Road, Markyate, St Albans, Herts AL3 8R is applying to change an existing licence as follows To keep an extra 1 goods vehicles and 2 trailers at the operating centre at Hillside Farm, Newmarket Road, Royston, Herts 5G8 7LZ

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Royston Crow weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy