Super Steven puts in marathon effort for mental health reform

by Sylvia Pownall

Student Steven Webster is gearing up for his sixth marathon in six months in aid of a cause which is close to his heart.

The 23-year-old from Donabate is on course to complete the mammoth challenge he set himself when he crosses the finish line at the Dublin City Marathon next month.

Steven, who is studying psychology at the National College of Ireland, has already clocked up 130 miles to raise funds for Mental Health Reform.

He told Dublin Gazette: “I chose Mental Health Reform because they are fighting for a cause close to my heart, the improvement of mental health services in Ireland.

“I have had two close family members who have struggled with the limited services in Ireland, which has had significant implications on my life growing up.

“Also, just to fight for mental health awareness in general and to try and end the stigma, it’s time to talk.”

Steven, who works part-time at his local SuperValu, has already raised over €1,500 with marathons in Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Longford and Kilkenny under his belt.

He admitted: “The last one [Kilkenny] was a good run, but it was very warm and there were plenty of hills.

“Honestly, I was not a fit person before this challenge, so I was slightly under-trained for it. But my training habits the last two months have definitely been healthier.

“I am working with a sport and injury therapist here in Donabate, Conor Walsh, under the name Chronic Pain Clinic.”

SuperValu in Donabate have charted Steven’s progress on their Facebook page and say they are “extremely proud” of him.

They added: “We all know someone who has been affected by the cause… so we applaud his dedication to completing his goal.”

To support Steven’s efforts visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/running-for-reform.

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