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Hemel woman walking London to Brighton for YoungMinds charity

 Published on: 5th March 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman from Hemel is walking from London to Brighton to help raise money for a mental health charity.

Andrea Barber is walking 100k for mental health charity, YoungMinds, as she feels there are a lot of young people out there who need help.

Andrea said: “My son suffers with mental health issues and he has been left on his own because the system for mental health isn’t great.

“Young people are almost forgotten about and YoungMinds is trying to change that.”

YoungMinds is a UK based charity that deals with the crisis in children and young people’s mental health.

The 100k walk, taking place in May, is being coordinated by Ultra Challenge, an organisation that holds endurance style events for all.

The race begins in Richmond, through the Surrey and Sussex countryside and finishing alongside the Brighton coastline.

Andrea said: “I’m apprehensive but I know I can do it, I’ve joined the gym which is something I never thought I’d do.

“I train five days a week and go for long walks with my boyfriend, Jay, and my dog, Corby.”

In preparation for Andrea’s fundraising, she is hosting a race night at Hemel Hempstead Football Club on Friday, March 22.

“It will be a great night; everyone is welcome to come and have some fun. We’ll be finishing the night off with a disco,” she added.

Tickets for adults are £10 with food and £5 with no food. Tickets for children under 16 are £5 with food and £1 with no food.

The 24 hour walk takes place on the bank holiday weekend of Saturday, May 25.

Andrea said: “I have decided to take on this huge challenge to help raise awareness for this charity, by pushing myself to the limit.”

To show your support to Andrea, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/andrea-barber6

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