Over 600 people attended an event at a Leicester school, which was designed to promote mental health and wellbeing.
The Avanti Fields School PTFA (Parents Teachers & Friends Association) held its first ever Health and Wellbeing Mela on Saturday (May 7), which featured a host of expert speakers, giving advice and tips on all aspects of health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Talks and presentations on the day, centred on topics including Japa meditation, forgiveness, Pranayama and journaling, whilst fitness workshops focused on pursuits such as Tae Kwon-Do, Bhangra and Bollywood Dance.
Dipak Patel, trustee of the PTFA at Avanti Fields School, hailed the event a success, estimating that between 6-700 people turned out from across the Humberstone and Hamilton community.
“We wanted to make it inclusive – no barriers – and we wanted to encourage not just members of the school but members of the wider community”, he told the Leicester Times.
“When it comes to mental health, getting out and having an excuse to get out is really important, so that’s what this event was all about. There was a great, positive energy on the day, and we also had a lot of pupils who volunteered, which is really good their development”, he added.
Free snacks were given out at the event, which was unable to go ahead last year due to Covid-19.
There were numerous stalls at the event and £1,200 was raised through donations.
Due to this year’s success, it is hoped that the Avanti Fields School’s Health and Wellbeing Mela will take place annually.
The money raised will go towards the school’s primary playground.