County Durham warrior to walk 40 miles in two days wearing four stone medieval armour for charity

A County Durham man is endeavor one other epic problem to increase funds for psychological well being assist.

Lewis Kirkbride will put on 4.5 stone of medieval armour whereas marching 40 miles in two days.

The 38-year-old raised virtually £27,000 final yr for ManHealth’s battle in opposition to suicide by wearing the armour and weapons of an Anglo-Saxon warrior as he walked 310 miles solo from Stamford Bridge close to York to Battle, web site of the Battle Of Hastings in 1066.

This yr he’s retracing the steps of one other historic hero, Hereward The Wake, as he walks from Peterborough Cathedral to Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, recreating Hereward’s first actions as a freedom fighter.

The dad-of-two, from Pittington, hopes he can use his love of historical past to get individuals speaking overtly about psychological well being once more.

He mentioned: “In the yr 1070, Hereward was the final Anglo Saxon hero combating again in opposition to the Norman Conquest, in opposition to inconceivable odds; he by no means stopped combating for his individuals, taking in refugees from the atrocities dedicated by the Normans, and taking again the gold the Normans stole and hoarded in Peterborough Cathedral.

“Last yr we confronted the uncertainties of lockdowns, job losses, isolation and a nationwide psychological well being disaster; the state of affairs is perhaps altering, however these battles are nonetheless raging.

“People’s livelihoods are in tatters and their human connections misplaced.

“Some individuals will really feel there’s nowhere to flip. Now greater than ever, it is essential we arise and say it is OK to attain out and speak”.

So far Lewis’ preparations and Facebook updates have impressed donations for his new problem that smashed the preliminary goal of £1,070 in only a few weeks, with over a month to go.

ManHealth makes use of donations to present psychological well being peer assist, with group conferences, on-line and phone companies, and programmes of coaching that goal to give males in specific a better approach to get speaking.

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Lewis mentioned: “During final yr’s walk, I needed to show that individuals are extra useful and caring than you think about when you simply attain out for assist – they usually actually are.

“The added problem of strolling in armour was very deliberate: forcing myself to put an additional 4.5 stone of weight on my head and shoulders each morning was powerful – however that is nothing in contrast to the burden of tension and despair individuals carry round all day, day by day.

“It was the individuals who got here out to assist me and donate provides or locations to keep that stored me going by means of the walk.

“What I hadn’t anticipated was the best way my armour invitations individuals to speak so overtly about their very own losses and their very own struggles.

“When I walk, I communicate to suicide survivors, army and emergency companies personnel, jail officers, widows and fogeys of people that’d taken their very own lives, and abnormal individuals with their very own battles; some discuss their experiences for the very first time, and through the walks social media followers begin supporting one another.”

“My proudest private moments weren’t the epic bodily problem, and even listening to concerning the first new group ManHealth opened with the funding to assist individuals in a brand new city, it was being requested by full strangers for a place to begin to get assist, or listening to individuals say their story after a few years for the primary time.

“We mustn’t underestimate the significance of merely being listened to, and giving individuals our time and area to let a few of that stress out.”

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