Chiropractor supports mental health research with marathon effort

Little Stoke chiropractor Lee Wickham will be running the 2022 Cardiff Half Marathon later this month to raise funds and awareness for mental health research at The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at Cardiff University.

Photo of a man wearing a red running vest.
Lee Wickham, of Fascia First Chiropractic, in his #TeamCardiff running vest,

Speaking about the event, Lee sheepishly revealed:

“I signed up so long ago, I’d forgotten I had, until the 6-week reminder landed in my inbox!”

The ‘Cardiff Half’ is one of the ‘SuperHalfs, a global series of the world’s most prestigious half marathons and is the largest charitable event in Wales.

An expected 27,500 runners will be taking on the 13.1-mile challenge through the Welsh capital on Sunday 27th March.

Lee has never really liked or enjoyed running and has never run a half marathon before. He says he is truly uncomfortable in attempting to “run for 2.5 hours”. However, he adds:

“Doing something that is uncomfortable for me means that I can ask people for sponsorship in support of fellow doctors researching mental health.”

Researchers at The Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute at Cardiff University have recently discovered a common genetic link to ADHD and a developmental link between brain cell maturation and schizophrenia. The researchers at the institute are looking at the human genome and matching up genetic variances to mental health concerns, as well as novel brain imaging and new medicine development.

To support mental health research, Lee asks that you consider pledging £5, £10, £20 or whatever you can afford by visiting his dedicated JustGiving fundraising page:

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 22). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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