TheWelsh1000walk is an event with community at its heart. With walks all over Wales, we hope to encourage you to take part on Saturday 28thApril 2018. Using the national coastal paths, this annual event will raise awareness and funds for mental health charities. Now in its third year, the 2018 event will be in aid of Mind. Our aim is to highlight, inspire and raise funds in the campaign for better mental health services. 1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health issue every year.
‘ It was a sunny November day in 2001 when I realised. I never got on the bus that day, instead I turned around and walked straight to the doctor’s surgery. For well over 18 months I had been battling with depression. Why? No idea. I had a successful career, no money worries, great friends, great social life and lived many of my dreams by travelling the world. Opening up and admitting I had a fundamental mental health issue was one of the toughest challenges of my life. For many years I searched for the answer, consumed by seeking reasons of how this could happen to me. The truth is much more simple…it can happen to all of us. 16 years later, I continue to travel the world, have written 2 books and my zest for life is undimmed. I still live with depression and will probably for the rest of my life. The difference now, is I don’t get so fixated on… why me’?
Ian Walker: Volunteer theWelsh1000walk team
Each year, this major event will choose a mental health related charity to support. Every year the aim will be the same, to destigmatize mental health issues and increase awareness throughout the British Isles.
A selection of 71 walks will take place on Saturday 28th April 2018. The walks will follow the inspiring Welsh coastal path including Anglesey. In addition, the historic Offa’s Dyke trail will be used that create walks all over Wales. You can choose from being guided by an experienced volunteer leader or assemble your own team and guide yourselves. For more information on each walk and how to sign up, please go to the dedicated Walks page.
This event is 100% organised by a voluntary team, led by volunteers and participated by you. TheWelsh1000walk team is dedicated to creating an inspiring event that can be enjoyed by all those that take part. Together we can raise awareness and significant funds for Mind .If you have any specific questions, please email the relevant contact addresses below.