Tram fan raises £2,000 for mental health charity by visiting all 99 stops in Manchester network

Akiva Mann-Wineberg, 15, completed the challenge in under nine hours


A 15-year-old Yavneh Boys’ pupil in Manchester has raised around £2,000 for local charity Jewish Action for Mental Health by visiting all 99 tram stops in the city in just under eight and a half hours.

Tram fan Akiva Mann-Wineberg started at 7.41am in Bury and finished at 4.10pm in Rochdale.

“There were some challenges along the way, such as trams not going from Altrincham to Piccadilly, so I had to improvise and think of a new way to get there which actually ended up saving me time,” Akiva said.

“I absolutely love the Metrolink tram system in Manchester and it has been my ambition to do the ‘tram challenge’. I spent ages plotting the routes so that it could all be done in a day.

“Everyone seems to do sponsored runs so I thought I’d do something a bit different.”

He wanted to support JAMH “because mental health is such a big issue these days. So many young people have had their mental health affected by the pandemic and JAMH comes into school and offers free counselling and therapy.”

JAMH project manager Kate Lurie said: “We are always looking for innovative ways to raise funds for our small charity. Every penny Akiva raises will go directly to fund counselling and therapy.”

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