Walking the South Downs Way for Heads On

Taking on the full 100 mile South Downs Way is an important personal challenge for John, as well as a great way to fundraise for Heads On.

“I’ve always wanted to walk the full South Downs Way – I’ve done parts of it before but never the whole thing. It will be a very challenging but hugely rewarding walk for a great cause,” said John. He plans to walk the 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne over four days starting on 2 May 2019. He’ll be carrying everything he needs to survive on the trek on his back.

Setting himself a target of raising £1,000 for the charity, John explained why he chose Heads On, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s charity. “I’m fundraising for Heads On because of the help and support I received from the Crisis Resolutions Team. The staff made such a difference to my quality of life, listening to my issues and helping me see light at the end of the tunnel. They enabled me to work through my mental health issues and see my life mattered,” said John. “Thanks to a lovely caring team of people I’ve got increasingly better and I feel I can give something back to what is a fantastic and well deserving charity”.

“It’s a great way to raise awareness too - if I can, I want to help anyone suffering with mental health problems at the moment. To show them that by getting help, you could also come out of a terrible time, and to see that positive things can happen from getting help.”

The event will take John four days to complete, averaging 25 miles a day. He’ll be joined for Days 3 & 4 by his mum Lorraine Smith and her friend Mandy Rowse, who will be realising their own ambitions to walk the whole 100 miles as they have previously walked the first 50 miles.

Here at Heads On we’re delighted at what John’s doing and know how much others will benefit from his fundraising. Watch this space for more news of his challenge once it’s underway! Good luck John (and Lorraine and Mandy!) and thank you so much for doing this.

To sponsor John please go to: https://bit.ly/2U9Ap8H and help him reach his £1k target.



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