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CharityTuesday: Firefighters set for 17 mile trek

Firefighters Paul Adams and Gavin Ellis will be walking and talking to raise awareness of the importance of sharing your worries.

They will trek 17 miles along the Suffolk coast, from Aldeburgh to Southwold, on Friday 2 October to raise money for charities Samaritans and Mind.

It is a very personal fundraising challenge for Paul, who lost his son Tom to suicide aged 19 in December 2009.

Paul, Watch Manager at Coggeshall Fire Station, said: “As well as raising some money for the charities, we want to encourage anyone who is struggling with mental health issues to talk to someone before it all gets too much. Tom had struggled for a few years and he kept it to himself.

“This year has been extremely difficult for everyone but, as the old saying goes, it’s good to talk. I know from my experiences how good it is to talk to someone.”

Paul will be joined by Gavin Ellis, an on-call firefighter at Coggeshall and Watch Manager at Harlow. Gavin is also one of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) co-ordinators, making sure firefighters who have been involved in a traumatic incident get support.

Paul has chosen the scenic Suffolk coastline for the challenge so that he can combine it with his passion for photography.

He said: “Walking is a good way to get out, meet people and talk. I am into photography so that gets me out walking regularly.

“We’ll be walking along the beaches, which are mostly shingle, so it will be tough. We think it will take about seven hours.”

Paul and Gavin hope to raise £650 for each charity. To get behind them, visit their JustGiving pages for Samaritans and Mind


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