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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 raises over £208,000 for Place2Be

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the week and helped raise over £208,000 for Place2Be.

From 7-13 February 2022, hundreds of schools, organisations and individuals got involved in Children’s Mental Health Week – organising Dress to Express Days, sponsored swims, fancy dress walks and more.

You’ve raised over £208,000 for Place2Be and these vital funds will enable us to support more children, schools and families across the UK.

We’ve loved hearing about how you celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week, here are some of our favourite activities:

  • Year 1 pupils Anay, Logan, Veer and Sam took part in a 1.8km fun run and raised £872. Sam said, "It was really fun to run with my friends, we liked running fast and we really loved raising money for charity!"
  • Seven-year-old Alba raised £1,164.75 by walking 500,000 steps in February. Alba said, “I really enjoyed taking part. I get a lot of support from my mum and dad and lots of people for my mental health and I want other children to have that same support.”
  • BA Primary Teaching students at the University of Hull raised £756.25 by taking part in a fancy dress walk over the Humber Bridge. Rachael said, "I decided to raise money for Place2Be after seeing the effects of mental health on children after my first placement."
  • Staff and pupils at Wath Victoria Primary School, Rotherham and Burnopfield Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne got into the Dress to Express fun with fabulous colours and costumes.
  • Ten-year-old Oliver raised £663.75 by swimming 5-miles during Children’s Mental Health Week! Oliver’s mum said, “Oliver wanted to raise funds for Place2Be as he has struggled with his mental health. Oliver is autistic and it's been a tricky journey of self-acceptance. Oliver says he knows other children aren't as lucky to have the same support network he does so wants other children to have this opportunity too.”
  • Students at the Madni Academy joined us for our virtual school assemblies and got involved in the Dress to Express fun.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part, we’re so grateful for your support and can’t wait to share our plans for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 with you. Sign up for email alerts  to be the first to hear about next year’s plans.

You can still download our Growing Together resources for schools and youth groups.

Beyond Children’s Mental Health Week

Each year during Children’s Mental Health Week, we shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health but our work doesn’t end here. Place2Be’s vision is for all young people to have the support they need to build lifelong coping skills and thrive.