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The Year of Living Dangerously - May 2016 to May 2017

A series of challenges across the world for Mind - The Mental Health Charity because I have direct experience of mental illness.

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Mind - The Mental Health Charity

We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.

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I have direct experience of the devastating impact of mental illness both on sufferers and their families.  In 1996 & 1997 I spent long periods in Leighton hospital in Crewe suffering with mental health problems.  I saw first hand the effects on people and the struggle involved and I now have a profound understanding of this issue.  In 1997 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

In 1996, at the end of my treatment, a consultant psychiatrist asked me if there was anything more that the hospital could do for me.  I now have the skill, daring and opportunity to repay that debt by supporting MIND in 2016.

In 2016 I, and a small number of colleagues, will embark on a series of challenges in aid of MIND.  These challenges will blow your mind and I hope you can find it in you to support us by donating to the cause.

May 2016 - Solo ride the great Tour de France climbs in southern France including Mt Ventoux, Alp du Huez and Col Galibiere.

June 2016 - Climb Mt Elbrus in Russia.  Elbrus in the highest mountain in Europe and one of the seven summits of the world.  I will join an international expedition to undertake this challenge.

July 2016 - Take part in the 'Running of the Bulls' at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona in northern Spain. 

September 2016 - Undertake the 'Across Wales Walk' with my friend Emma Foster.  This is a challenging hike of a continuous 45 miles which will take 16 hours.

October 2016 - Undertake and lead the 'Road to Morocco Cycling Expedition 2016'.  A 600 mile tour of the northern cities of Morocco, including: Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Tangier and Meknes.  Also including a crossing of the Rif mountains.  I will be joined by my colleague and friend Randy Castle from the U.S.A.

November 2016 - Make an independent tour of the Baltic states and re-visit Minsk.

December 2016 - Travel to St Moritz in Switzerland to recce 'The Cresta Run', organised by the St Moritz Tobogganing Club.  Hope to learn cross - country skiing.

January 2017 - 500 mile cycle tour of Cuba.  I will go in search of the real Cuba - off the beaten track.

February 2017 - Return to St Moritz to train for the Cresta Run tobogganing course and to then ride the Run.

March/April 2017 - Major expedition - to be announced at a later date.  

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  • Andrew Wright FRGS and President of the RGS Nick Crane

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