Thank you for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page.
As eight young men, we know that the pressure put on men can sometimes be overwhelming this is why we are raising money for CALM.We are raising money for CALM by walking from Epping to Buckingham Palace,London and then back to finish in Epping (round trip of 50 miles). CALM in our eyes is a very worthwhile charity and definitely worth your donation.suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 and CALM offers a free, confidential and anonymous hotline for those contemplating suicide.They also raise awareness of the issue and encourage men to be able to find help and talk when things go wrong.
just £7 could fund a potentially life-saving phone call so every donation you make could make a difference to someone who is in distress or experiencing crisis.
Please visit www.thecalmzone.net.gridhosted.co.uk for more information on The Campaign Against Living Miserably.
It has been over a year now since the walk and we are very humbled by every donation made by people from all over the world. It also goes without saying how grateful we are for being able to smash our target, reaching over 300% of our original goal. This walk itself was also a very humbling experience for those involved.
As we reached Buckingham palace two things became clear, one being there was no doubt in anyone's mind that we had done something amazing and the other was we had ever been so tired before. But through the pain (which was high) Edward and Callum knew at that point there was nothing that could stop us from walking back and walking 50 miles in a single day.
The walk back Edward and Callum relied heavy on each other to keep morale high and power through the ever increasing pain. Every step they took was one step closer to keeping their promise, and they both knew that and it made the pain seem so minuscule. As the sun faded so did any thought of stopping and the closer and closer they got to home the more they knew they were going to finish, even if it did mean almost crawling the last few miles. I don't think they had ever been so happy to see the Epping London underground sign before but that sign was our finish line and they quite literally did crawl across it.
Although much of the walk is now a distant memory, I know they are memories we will never forget for as long as we live. I want to thank all those who made it possible and supported us. Thank you CALM for allowing us to raise money in aid of your charity and for the amazing work that you do for men everyday.
I don't think that we wouldn't have been able to raise the amount we did without the hard work and dedication the team put in the raise it. We all worked as a team to help promote the cause. And at the end of the day, it was a team effort and I don't think we would have been able to raise the amount we did on our own.
We will now be closing our just giving page and be sending our £3000+ to calm to help them in their efforts to raise awareness and help towards the prevention of male suicide. Although this page will be closing I urge you to please continue to support the important work that CALM do every single day. This may be the end of this walk but it is not the end of our charity efforts and we will be doing a lot more for charity in the not so distant future.
Louis Cousins, Ronny Gisbourne, Ben Humphries, Wilson Jokonya, Ryan Lynch, Callum Morgan, Aaron Strachan, Edward Thomas