Gemma Graham's fundraising efforts

Gemma Graham from Sandwick scaled Mount Kilimanjaro this summer and has raised more than £5,000 for Arthritis Research UK and Mind Your Head.  The 24 year old initially set a target of raising £4,000 but has now reached £5,236 for two “fantastic” causes.

Gemma was reported in Shetland News today as saying that she chose to fundraise for Mind Your Head as it is a charity her family has always supported, and she is a “strong believer in reducing the stigma associated with mental health”.

She said, “With Shetland being such a small community you’ll find it very difficult to find somebody that hasn’t been affected by this – whether it’s something they have suffered from themselves or a family member or even a friend.  People don’t talk about it, and I can understand why. The fear of being judged is incredibly scary. You don’t want to be branded ‘different’ or have people talking about you, looking at you in a different way, but in reality this isn’t the case.”

Mind Your Head extend their thanks to Gemma for her amazing efforts.

You can still donate towards her fundraising efforts by clicking here.

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