Matthew Smith

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In memory of Paul Mccusker
Who Dares Cares

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We raise funds to support the living to improve their mental health


Back in 1999 I lost my older brother Francis a former veteran to mental health while I was serving in Bosnia. More recently lockdown has affected millions of families and we all know of someone who has suffered through mental health. Sadly during this time my close friend and business partner Paul McCusker was was also affected and as a young man left us too early back in 2000.

To honour my brother and Paul and help raise awareness for mental health an international team will ski from Norway to Sweden following in the footsteps of the Heroes of Telemark on the 80th anniversary.

After an initial training phase in Norway we will depart on the same date as the saboteurs as they made their escape to Sweden after completing the most successful sabotage mission of World War 2. 

Carrying all our own safety equipment, food and supplies we will retrace their 200 mile journey unsupported on skis across the highest plateau in Europe the Hardangervidda. 

All funds will go towards the charity Who Dares Cares. Helping veterans, the emergency services and their families suffering with mental health. 

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About the charity

Who Dares Cares

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Founded in 2016 by two former serving soldiers, Calum MacLeod and Colin Maclachlan, Who Dares Cares has a team of volunteers committed to supporting our Armed Forces and Blue Light Services personnel, including their families, who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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