SOUTH Lakes residents are being encouraged to lace up every day in January to boost their mental and physical health.

Mental health charity South Lakeland Mind has teamed up with 'Run Every Day' or R.E.D January.

Participants can fundraise for South Lakeland Mind in any way that they choose, whether that is by running, walking, cycling or dancing throughout the first month of the year.

Kendal's Michaela Irving is one of those supporting the initiative and she said she will be doing a 'bit of all sorts' to stay active.

"I think it's mainly that we all lead very busy lives and getting out and about and doing some exercise is a great way to de-stress and keep fit," she said.

She said that for those who have overindulged at Christmas, New Year presents the perfect opportunity to get back into fitness.

Mrs Irving also runs an events company and is hoping to put on some more unusual activities such as urban orienteering for those taking part in the fundraising effort.

"Mental health and wellbeing us something we should all be aware of and I think R.E.D is a fun and really great way of raising awarenesses," Mrs Irving said.

Kimberley Andrew, community development and engagement officer for South Lakeland Mind said: “Your choice, your challenge, R.E.D January is a fantastic opportunity to kick start the New Year in a positive way, promoting physical and mental health, becoming a part of a community involved in a national project, and the sense of achievement from participating in this 31 consecutive day challenge.”

R.E.D’s founder, 32-year-old Hannah Beecham, was inspired to start the movement after helping her Mum combat depression through physical exercise.

“Witnessing the life-changing effect that a physical challenge can have on someone suffering from depression, inspired me to start a social movement that promotes mental wellbeing through exercise," she said.

To register for R.E.D January contact or for more information contact