As this April is still National Stress Awareness Month, Greenbelt are delighted to be able to support 10-year-old football fan Lochlan Murdoch in his efforts to raise money for mental health awareness and medical research.
Back in May 2018, Lochlan suffered a painful leg break while playing football, and was stuck in a leg brace for four months. Facing multiple surgeries and unable to enjoy his sporting hobbies or play outside with friends, Lochlan began to feel isolated and unhappy.
After opening up to family about how he felt, Lochlan has bounced back and completed his “Stadium Marathon” – doing eight laps of every major football stadium in Scotland, for a total of 28 miles over five days, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and Kris Boyd Mental Health Charity.
The challenge saw Lochlan and his entourage welcomed at all 12 SPFL stadiums across Scotland, as well as national stadium Hampden Park, and Lochlan’s local Townhead, from the 2nd – 6th April – with Rugby Park, home of Kilmarnock FC, Lochlan’s favourite team, serving as the final stop of the tour.
Greenbelt Managing Director Colin Thomson visited national stadium Hampden Park to support Lochlan’s project and arrange a donation on behalf of everyone at Greenbelt.
Initially hoping to generate £1,000 for worthy causes, Lochlan has smashed that target and raised more than £3,700 in just two months! You can donate via the JustGiving page, here.
“In May 2018, I suffered a really bad leg break whilst playing for my team, Cumnock Juniors 2008,” said Lochlan.
“I had to have an operation, and be in a cast and then leg brace for four months.
“I lost my confidence because I couldn’t play football: I got very sad, I felt left out and really alone. I felt so sad at not being able to take part and play with my friends.
“Once I told my mum how I was feeling, she got me some help and I’m starting to feel a bit better.
“This is why I have chosen the Kris Boyd mental health charity, as I know it is important to tell someone how you are feeling.
“I wanted to challenge myself and get back to being fit, and to reach a new goal.
“I have type 1 diabetes and really want to raise funds for JDRF, as they do lots of work and research for people like me.
“Football is my absolute favourite thing in the world. I don’t want type 1 or being sad to stop me from achieving everything I want to achieve!"
“Players like Andy Rose and Scott Allan have type 1 diabetes, and it certainly doesn’t stop them. They are such an inspiration to me.”
At Greenbelt, we’re very passionate about the link between open spaces, exercise, health and wellbeing – you can read more here!
This National Stress Awareness Week, remember that “it’s okay not to be okay” – if you’ve been affected by stress or depression, you can speak to Samaritans by dialling 116 123, free of charge, day or night.