Staff and students from Newquay Tretherras, along with friends, have managed to walk a total of 66 miles so far, as they completed the fourth of 12 charity walks as part of the #WalkThisWay project.
Grahaeme Jones, Jake Blum and Dave Nicholls, along with a group of friends and relatives, walked a grand total of 19 miles from Harlyn Bay along to South West Coastal Path back to Newquay. Along the route, they encountered a combination of rain, hail and bright sunshine. This sometimes made conditions difficult as the path itself became particularly muddy and treacherous underfoot in places, and added to the level of resilience needed to complete this fourth walk. Along the route, the walkers were able to discuss their concerns and questions about mental health.
Mr Nicholls said: “It was another fantastic walk, and we are pleased that we are completely going beyond our target (which was to have walked a grand total of 48 miles by the end of walk number four). This was sometimes a real test of our resilience as we battled wind, rain and hailstorms to reach our destination, and complete our 19 mile walk.”
The #WalkThisWay project started as Mr Jones, who is the Lead Teacher of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural studies at Newquay Tretherras, was doing some research into male mental health whilst planning an assembly to promote the school’s annual Movember campaign. Mr Jones said: “I was shocked and saddened to discover that suicide is now the biggest single cause of death in men under the age of 49 – on average, one man commits suicide every two hours. Therefore, we decided that we had to do something bigger than one assembly. The issue obviously affects more than only men, so the project is open to anybody who wants to join us for a walk and a talk about the issue of mental health, whatever your gender. Our mission is to get people walking and talking.”
The Walk This Way team are now a third of the way through their target challenge of taking on 12 works in 12 months, which each of the walk being set at a minimum of 12 miles in length, reflecting the statistic that shocked the team into taking action. They are now building up a team of 12 volunteers who will take on the biggest challenge – an ambitious 24 hour walk from Land’s End to Newquay in November 2018, to mark the end of the year-long project.
The fifth #WalkThisWay walk, planned for Saturday 3rd March, will be a more challenging walk along the South West Coastal Path from Wheal Coates, crossing along Perranporth beach to Newquay – anyone wishing to join them for this walk can contact either Mr Jones or Mr Nicholls via the Walk This Way Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/walkthiswaytalkthisway/).
The #WalkThisWay team has established a Just Giving fundraising page, (https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/Walk-This-Way) and you can choose to donate money to either Grahaeme’s charity (Movember) or Dave’s charity (Campaign Against Living Miserably).