Fund raising gig in King’s Lynn for West Norfolk Mind

Lee Bigland, from King's Lynn, who climed Mount Kilimanjaro for West Norfolk Mind. Picture: Matthew

Lee Bigland, from King's Lynn, who climed Mount Kilimanjaro for West Norfolk Mind. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant

A variety of bands and artists will head to King's Lynn's Alive Corn Exchange in June with MindAid, an event dedicated to raising funds for a mental health charity in West Norfolk.

Over the past four years, charity fundraiser Lee Bigland has dedicated a lot of time to raising both awareness and funding for charities close to his heart by organising and taking part in a multitude of events globally.

They include a tandem skydive from 19,000ft, cycling 300 miles from London to Paris and most recently, climbing the world's tallest freestanding mountain, 19,000ft Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, raising money for both the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and West Norfolk Mind mental health charity.

He began fundraising for the CF Trust due to a close friend called Christopher having the debilitating disease from birth.

Some of his earliest memories of school include seeing Christopher not being able to take part in PE lessons, attend birthday parties and other activities due to his poor health.

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After witnessing how he lives his life, Mr Bigland wanted to help him and the many other CF sufferers by fundraising for them, hoping to provide a better quality of life.

Through his work as a peripatetic music teacher and professional musician, he teaches many people in my working week, ranging vastly in age, occupation and background.

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Some of those people include people that suffer with mental health difficulties including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and many more illnesses.

After summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Mr Bigland was both nominated and awarded the title charity champion of West Norfolk at the EDP Stars of West Norfolk awards for his charitable efforts.

This was shortly followed by an invitation by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk to attend Buckingham Palace for a Royal Garden Party on June 1.

Attractions include a charity auction, green screen photobooth and more to be announced nearer the time.

MindAid takes place at Alive Corn Exchange on 24th June – tickets £10, all money going to West Norfolk MIND. To book of for more information, click here.

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