More than 35 workers at Story Contracting have run or walked 1,000 miles in March to raise awareness and money for two mental health charities.

Team Story – made up of employees from across the company’s regional offices in Carlisle, Leeds and Glasgow – almost doubled the target miles and raised £1,000 for Mind and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Jason Butterworth, chief executive of Story Contracting, said: “We are very proud of our employees who took on the challenge.

“There were many blisters, sweat and tears but the employees put their all into getting over the 1,000-mile finish line and raising funds to help the two vital mental health charities continue their important work.”

The challenge was created as part of the company’s two-year commitment to support and raise money for the charities.

Mr Butterworth added: “Breaking down stigmas around mental health is something we’re passionate about at Story Contracting.

“Construction is an industry that suffers from higher than average mental health issues and we cannot ignore these statistics.

“There can be stigma associated with mental health and well-being, but it is a subject that we need to continue talking about if we’re going to increase awareness, understanding and support for it.”

To date, Story Contracting has raised more than £9,000 for the two charities through initiatives such as dress down Fridays and a number of charity sporting events.