Glow! A 20km night walk

Join us on the eve of World Mental Health Day for a 20km night walk, taking in the bright lights, iconic buildings and bridges of London to raise awareness and funds for better mental health.
(Friendly dogs, glow sticks and luminescent dressing up are welcome and encouraged!)

Take on our first EVER 20km night walk and do your bit for mental health.

Helping the UK recover from the mental health crisis caused by COVID-19 is not something we can achieve alone. We need the support of amazing people like you so that everyone can have the tools they need to live their best possible lives.

Join us on Saturday 9 October as we tackle the bright lights, buildings and bridges of London at night.

We will set off from Trafalgar Square at 6pm, through the heart of London’s streets, taking in its iconic sights and sounds in a whole new night-time light.

You’ll walk with others who are passionate about mental health, and together, we will help people across the UK to better understand and manage their mental health.

We want to be one of the city’s featured sights that night, so dressing up is encouraged- we are talking glow sticks, luminous face paint, fairy lights and fun clothes.

Friendly dogs are welcome (they can dress up too), and under 18’s must be joined by a guardian.

It will take us around 4 hours to complete the 20km circular route, and at the end of it, there will be a medal waiting for you, as well as fantastic memories and a well-deserved feeling of achievement.  

Helping Mental Health UK to support the nations mental health.

Your entry fee helps us to ensure this event is safe and well delivered, but that’s not all.. The money you raise in the run up to GLOW will help us support more people all over the UK whose lives have been affected by mental health problems.


The route.

Starting at the iconic Trafalgar Square, we’ll commence down to the Embankment, but not before having a group photo underneath the famous Nelson’s Column. Crossing over the river Thames a number of times to ensure the City’s monuments are viewed from the best angles, the first bridge we go over is The Jubilee where we’ll have amazing views of the London Skyline.

From there we zig-zag across the river in an eastwardly direction switching from the famous Embankment to the cool Southbank.
On the South side of the river, we’ll be getting a taste of the arts, as we pass the famous Tate Modern, the National Theatre and the beautiful Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. As we continue down the Southbank and past amazing street food from around the world, we’ll pass the OXO Tower, get up close to London Dungeon, and the infamous Clink Street, before taking in the Southbank Skatepark – the beating heart of London’s skateboarding scene for over 40 years now.

Meanwhile, over on the Embankment side, well, the sights are incredible. We’ll be passing…St Paul’s Cathedral, The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye and Big Ben (although it’s wrapped in scaffolding currently getting some TLC), Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace and The Monument (where if you lay it down, the top of it will lie on the exact place in Pudding
Lane that the Great Fire of London started).

You will also see The Cheesegrater, The Gherkin, The Walky-Talky, Heron Tower and The Boomerang. We’ll walk around the magnificent Tower of London before strolling through St Katherine’s Dock and over the most famous bridge in the World – Tower Bridge! All this and we haven’t even mentioned Europe’s tallest building…The Shard!
We finish back in Trafalgar Square after walking past Buckingham Palace ready for you to choose from literally hundreds of venues to rehydrate and celebrate your fantastic achievement.

The positive impact the group has had on me is huge. I don’t feel so isolated any more. If the support had not been available I would still be facing depression and loneliness, unable to look after myself and over-thinking things.

Amita, Rethink Mental Illness support group member

Raise money and have fun!

Read what some of our fundraisers have to say.

"I enjoyed seeing my fundraising increase on a weekly basis, the events that I organised pushed me out of my comfort zone, I talked to people about Mental Health in a way that I would never have done otherwise."

Louise Greenwood,
Lloyds Banking Group

"I was totally elated when I crossed the line and so glad I’d given it a go!"

Helen Taylor

"Mental Health UK was a friendly partner to have. I received lots of motivational encouragement via email which maybe doesn’t sound like much but knowing people are rooting for you really helps"

Richard Gray

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