A woman is walking from Land’s End to John o’ Groats to raise money for a mental health charity.

Jude Price is walking the 1,200 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats to raise funds for mental health charity Walk N Talk 4 Mental Health.

Jude will start her journey at Land’s End on June 21; she estimates that she will finish the walk in September.

Despite the main aim of the walk being raising money for WNT, Jude has explained that people are more than welcome to join her on her walk for a few miles if she passes their local area.

She is also looking for places that she can stay while completing her walk, saying; “The 3 things we are looking for at the moment are people who want to join in sections of the walk; funding, because we are doing this on a very tight budget; and also people who know people along the route that I’m going to be doing so that I can get sort of free accommodation from people who can put me up.

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“That would be great as well.”

Judy has also planned a few stops along the walk where she can give a talk or hold a publicity event where she can talk about the charity to people who might be interested.

The fundraiser for the walk has a goal of £5,000, and Judy says it would be “amazing” for the fundraiser to either hit or exceed its target.

Walk N Talk was founded by Jude in 2020 during the second national lockdown; a mental health trainer, Jude recognised an increased need for open conversations about mental health, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity aims to normalise discussion about mental health and offers the opportunity to get together and walk either in groups or on a 1:2:1 basis with a trained mental health first aider; there are currently weekly walking groups in Romsey, Andover and Basingstoke, with Jude hoping to set up more groups in the future.

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The money raised will fund both ongoing and future walking groups; it will also go towards training more mental health first aiders to help lead these walks.

Judy continued: “We’re looking for money for the walk; as well as that we’re looking for funding to train more mental health first aiders and set up more groups.

“Hopefully going forwards we’ll be able to roll it out to more areas as well.”

More information about Walk N Talk 4 Mental Health can be found at the charity’s website: https://walk-and-talk.co.uk/.

You can find more information about Jude’s walk and donate to the fundraiser by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/walk-n-talk-4-mental-health.

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