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Joe and friends hike the three peaks to raise money for mental health

With mental health being such a prevalent issue among young men in the North West, Joe and his friends wanted to complete a challenge to assist the fight against the stigma attached to this subject.

We hiked up three of England’s tallest mountains (Scafell Pike – 978m, Skiddaw – 931m and Helvellyn – 950m). In doing this, we walked just under 30km, completing a total climbing ascent of 2530 metres.

We aimed to achieve this, including travelling between the three start points, in under 20 hours to give us a real challenge and managed to achieve this!

The three desired outcomes were to:
1. To raise money for a local charity that fight every day to improve the mental health of our town.
2. To raise awareness of mental health and  alleviate some of the stigma surrounding men opening up about their struggles with it.
3. To promote an effective method of improving mental health – exercising outdoors!

We are so happy to have smashed the initial target of £2,000 and are currently at £4,300!

CEO Mike Crowther says:

I am absolutely delighted with what Joe Darnell and his friends have achieved, they didn’t choose some easy fundraising activity, this must have been real hard work! Empowerment supports many people each year with mental illness, yet it is so often not talked about, particularly amongst men. It’s precisely because of this stigma that too many men here in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast die by suicide. When you feel too afraid to ask for help with your mental illness then so often the situation gets worse.

The money raised by this inspiring group of local men, will go towards creating a supportive environment in which people with mental health issues can talk and share about their feelings, so that they can get the help and support they need. Joe and his friends should be very proud of their success in raising so much money, however they should be even prouder of the work they have done to encourage men to open up about their mental health… this is how lives are saved!

There is still time to donate with the fundraising coming to an end on 30th September.

All monies raised will be for the Empowerment Sanctuary – the Empowerment garden area that is being transformed into an area for people to relax, complete activities and also reflect on the past few months.



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