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Hiking 96 miles for suicide prevention

Words by Abi Scaife

A company director is hiking 96 miles through Scotland to raise money for charity.

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Mark Foxwell, 40, a Director at Sharp Minds Communications, is walking the West Highland Way from Glasgow to Fort William, to raise money for Papyrus.

Papyrus is the leading suicide prevention charity for young people, and Mark chose his walk through the Scottish highlands deliberately, to represent the highs and lows of mental health.

According to the Office of National Statistics’ latest report published in 2022, the suicide rate in Kent, where Mark is from, is above the national average. It is Mark’s hope that any money he raises will go towards bringing awareness to this, and, ultimately, preventing it.

Mark will be starting his hike on Monday May 29. If you would like to make a donation visit his JustGiving page. Or, if you would prefer to get directly involved with Papyrus, you can do so by visiting their website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Campaign to End Loneliness. This charity campaigns to make sure that people most at risk of loneliness are reached and supported. Support them here.

Samaritans. Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone. Find out more here.

Ripple Suicide Prevention. R;pple exists to ensure immediate mental health support is presented to individuals following a harmful online search. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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