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Councillor takes outdoor dip for mental health charity

04 October 2016
Helen Dennis swim Ahead of World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, Cllr Helen Dennis, Southwark’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Mental Health went for a chilly dip to raise money for the Dragon Café’s ‘Mental Fight-Club’ in Borough.

Swimming a cool 3km in the outdoors, she has raised a total of £470 to date and is hoping to push the total over £500. 

Speaking about her decision to fundraise, Cllr Dennis said, “I’m really delighted to lend my support in this way to a wonderfully creative organisation, which is enabling Southwark residents to directly access and get involved in so many different activities to support their wellbeing. When I visited the Dragon Café, I saw people engaged in art, creative writing and singing, and heard about mindfulness, sport and gardening groups. Above all, I was struck by what a friendly and welcoming place it was.

If anyone is struggling with their mental health at the moment, I would really encourage them to seek out support, contact their GP or visit the Wellbeing Hub. This kind of project shows that you’re not alone.”

On the swim, Cllr Dennis added, “The swim didn’t go completely to plan - I had hoped to swim a 5km earlier in September but illness and injury set me back. Given the circumstances, I’m very proud of the achievement and I hope that it will encourage others to make use of Southwark’s free swim & gym offer, or even sign up for the Mayor’s ‘Duckathon’ later this year!” 

To support Cllr Dennis’ swim, please visit: 
For more information on the Dragon Café’s Mental Fight Club, please visit:  
To find out more about Southwark’s Wellbeing Hub, please visit:


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