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LONDON TO BRIGHTON: Apsley residents sign up for 100k challenge for mental health awareness

 Published on: 16th April 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two Apsley residents have come together to take on a 62 mile walk in aid of mental health awareness.

Neighbours Sophie Ward and Lisa McLeod are walking the 100km distance from London to Brighton to support The Samaritans charity after noticing the impact of lockdown on the nation.

Sophie said that after both feeling the isolation of lockdown, they wanted to do something to support others who may have felt the same.

She said: “We both felt quite isolated over the past year with the lockdowns and working from home.

“We decided we would start walking in the evening to get out and then we decided to push ourselves further and sign up for the London to Brighton.

“With suicide rates going up and young people taking their lives, it felt like The Samaritans was the right charity to choose.”

Sophie also said they have been walking in preparation for the distance which they will have 36 hours to complete.

“We will be continually and won’t stop overnight. We are aiming to finish the walk in 28 hours. I think as long as we make it to the end, we will be happy.”

Sophie added that they have both reached their target donations already but are continuing to encourage people to donate to such a worthy cause.

She said: “My work was very generous and they gave me a £300 donation. Although we are both over target, that was the minimum, if we can raise more it goes to such a good cause.

“Charities like The Samaritans are so needed now.”

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