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HeadsUp volunteer Nikita in the #RedNoseAndSpoonRace on BBC’s The One Show!

HeadsUp volunteer Nikita Red Nose Day

Nikita, who has volunteered at Mind in Harrow since 2019, joined ex-footballer and TV presenter Alex Scott, as well as Steve, also supported by Comic Relief, for the challenge of a lifetime. The team braved wind and rain to walk 100km through the Chiltern Hills over 3 days, with only the comfort of a tent at night. Carrying a red nose on a spoon, Nikita’s Blue Team were racing against the Yellow Team, with a time penalty for every drop of that red nose!

The challenge raised over £700,000 for Comic Relief, which does a fantastic job of funding projects like HeadsUp across the UK.

If you’d like to help Nikita share her inspiring story with young people across the borough and help local people towards better mental health, donate to Mind in Harrow here.

For example:

£5 – can help one young person through our Mental Health Helpline or Live Chat

£15 – can provide resource packs to 3 schools to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination

£25 can contribute to delivering a mental health awareness workshop to a Harrow school or workplace


Or click here to organise your own fundraising challenge!


 Missed it?

 Watch Nikita’s journey on BBC iplayer and don’t forget to look out for the highlights on Friday 19th March’s Red Nose Day show!

Meet Nikita, HeadsUp volunteer, and Emily, HeadsUp Project Coordinator:

See how the teams were getting on:

Find out who wins: