We rely on funding and fundraising to ensure we can continue to offer our programmes to our young people, this year we are overwhelmed with gratitude to four supporters who have stepped up to take on major challenges to raise money for us. Let’s find out more about them.

Fabulous Jordan Gillison, a former gappie and great advocate of our programmes has got his running shoes on again to support WeMindTheGap. Having already run 3 half marathons and a metric marathon, Jordan has decided to go for the big one! He’s registered to run the Manchester Marathon on 16th April 2023.

He said “I really enjoy fundraising for a good cause, it’s the least I can do; I really enjoy doing that and giving back.”

If you can, we’d love you to support this massive challenge; Jordans’ fundraising link is below. We will be following Jordan’s progress on our social media.


On Sunday 23rd April, friend of the charity Richard Greenhalgh has decided to battle the streets of London on our behalf.

“I am taking on the London Marathon as I originally did it back in 1999 (over half a life time ago) and felt that I needed to give myself a physical challenge to ensure that I don’t turn into a couch potato! My wife also did the Marathon last October, and not to be outdone, I felt I had to give it a go!!”

Richard explains why he very kindly chose to support us: “I picked WeMindTheGap for two reasons: Firstly, I wanted to get involved in a Charity that operated locally to me so that I would be able to see, first hand, the benefits that it provides to the local community. I specifically chose WeMindTheGap as I am a huge believer in helping those individuals who have had challenging starts to life, getting the support and help they need to flourish, develop and take their lives forward in positive way.”

Richard Greenhalgh is fundraising for WeMindTheGap (justgiving.com)

And our CEO’s sister-in-law Clare Wheeler and her friend Vicky Page from Mission Fitness Cardiff are tackling this mega challenge.

On 27th May they will be taking be running from London to Brighton a distance of 100km / 60 miles and after leaving Richmond at 8 am they hope to get to Brighton by midnight. This isn’t their first mega challenge, last year they did the Vogum 40 miles challenge running along the Wales Coastal Path so this year they decided to go one step further and try the 62 miles London to Brighton.

We are very grateful for their support and as with all of our athletes, we are in awe of their endeavour.

Clare said “We chose the Mind The Gap charity after hearing the fantastic work that you guys do to give young people a new start in life. These people have had an extremely tough start in life through no fault of their own. Raising money for a charity that can give young people the opportunity to have a happy healthy life, start a career and turn their lives around is an honour and privilege.”


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