EXCLUSIVE: MIMHC founders smash fundraising targets on Walk & Talk hike

The Mortgage Industry Mental Health Charter’s (MIMHC) 125-mile ‘Walk & Talk 2024’ hike from the West Midlands to London has smashed its target and raised more than £5,000 for charity – and there is still time to donate.

Led by Jason Berry and Jonathan White – who both walked the entire route – the five-day hike has already raised £6,008 for Young Minds, which is dedicated to stopping young people’s mental health reaching crisis point.

More than 20 participants from across the sector also successfully completed different legs of the journey, which was created to promote physical activity and better communication as key ways to boost emotional and psychological wellbeing.

It remains possible to donate until close of play on Friday 24th May by clicking HERE.

Berry said: “We’ve braved blisters and the full force of unpredictable weather to ensure we shine a light on mental health for those working in the mortgage sector.

“MIMHC organised Walk & Talk 2024 specifically to raise awareness of the importance of exercise combined with full and frank conversations about mental health.

“I’m delighted that we’ve already raised over £6,000 for Young Minds and I hope more people can find the time to donate before the JustGiving page closes later this week.”

The route began at the headquarters of Crystal Specialist Finance in Tamworth and ended at HSBC’s offices in Canary Wharf on Friday 17th May.

MIMHC was established specifically to create a culture of openness and compassion surrounding mental health for all mortgage professionals through greater understanding, discussion and support.

White said: “For each of the 21 participants who joined us at some point during the week, this was a journey to better mental health.

“In addition to raising awareness of the importance of physical activity for mental wellbeing, it was fantastic to raise so much money for Young Minds, which is dedicated to ensuring every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it.”

To read a detailed account of the highs and lows of the hike, check out our rolling story here.