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.

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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.”

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