Leading veterans’ mental health charity, Combat Stress, announced today it has raised over £300,000 in donations (including Gift Aid) through the #22PushupChallenge, the largest amount the charity has ever raised through a social media campaign.
This money will be used towards providing free specialist clinical treatment and support to ex-servicemen and women with mental health conditions. In the last five years Combat Stress has received almost 10,000 referrals, a 71% increase, illustrating the urgent need to support veterans with mental health issues.
The #22PushupChallenge originated in the United States earlier this year to raise awareness of veterans’ mental health. Since the summer, the challenge has been gathering a large following in the UK with over 19,000 individuals making donations to Combat Stress since the charity started to support the campaign in July.
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress said;
“The public’s support for the #22PushupChallenge has been fantastic and we are so grateful to everyone who has taken part and contributed to the £300,000 the challenge has raised. This is an incredible amount and will help ensure we can continue to meet the increasing demand for our services.
“For anyone who hasn’t already taken part, Christmas is a great time to get involved with our festive #22PushupChallenge, dress up, have fun and help raise money.”
If you would like to take part in the challenge, you can post a video or photo to social media using the hashtag #22PushupChallenge, and donate £5 to Combat Stress by texting PTSD22 to 70004. You can also make a donation online.