£1k for 10k – An artist and a volunteer run for cash for mental health and arts

Two local creatives entrepreneurs have raised a cool £1000 running in the Great Scottish Race for Artlink Central.

 Lesley Anne and Alison have never run a £10k race before, but set themselves the challenge and a target of £1000 to support Artlink Central’s vital work with people experiencing mental health issues. The Artspace programme gives people who are experiencing mental health problems a safe space to meet and take part in creative art sessions. They can self-refer or are referred by a GP , health or social work professional. Participants set their own goals which can relate to reducing isolation, improving their confidence or wellbeing and increasing their arts skills.

Local Grangemouth artist Lesley Anne Derks has run Artspace, Artlink Central’s arts prescription service for mental health and supported our schools programmes for many years and Alison Wardop of Milton of Campsie, has volunteered and worked with Artlink Central on a number of projects.

Lesley Anne Derks and Alison Wardrop running for Artlink Central

Lesley Anne Derks and Alison Wardrop running for Artlink Central


Alison Wardrop said:

“Lesley Anne and I decided to take on a truly epic challenge. We have thrown down the gauntlet by running the Glasgow 10K. We took on this mighty feat in the aid of a special charity that is very close to our hearts.
Artlink Central is an arts organisation providing access to the arts across communities in schools, hospitals and community spaces to support people with mental health problems, disabled people and other marginalised communities to experience the arts through opening opportunities for learning, expression and social inclusion.”
Kevin Harrison, Director of Artlink Central said,
“There is a genuine, positive impact when we are lucky enough to have donations to our charity and Lesley Ann and Alison have certainly put in a huge amount of effort and time to raise valuable funds for our work. We want to thank them and every friend, family member and associate that they encouraged to give through their stellar efforts.”


For more information about our Artspace mental health programme in Stirling please contact Catherine Middleton Findlay on 01786 450971.