Thames Valley Police officer to walk length of UK for mental health charity fundraiser

Published on:
5 Sep 2017, 1:42 p.m.
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J R
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General news

PC Tyrone Powell, who is based on the Armed Response Vehicle team at Three Mile Cross Police Station, is planning to walk from Cornwall to Scotland.

Tyrone Powell Police Officer
PC Tyrone Powell at Reading Pride last week

He is planning to walk from Land's End in Cornwall to John O'Groats, Scotland, to support a national mental health charity.

PC Powell will be raising money by walking around 25 to 30 miles each day, covering approximately 950 to 1000 miles of the UK. He hopes the challenge, which will be undertaken whilst he is on annual leave, will take between 35 and 40 days.

PC Powell will be trekking completely unsupported with only the contents of a rucksack, and will sleep in a tent each night.
His challenge is in aid of the charity Mind – specifically for its Blue Light Programme – which provides resources, advice and support for members of all of the emergency services and their families. They also train Blue Light champions in the various services, to provide peer-to-peer support to colleagues in need.

Ahead of his challenge, which is due to start on 27 April 2018, PC Powell said: “Mental ill-health is something that can affect anybody at any time; especially within the emergency services, where we can be exposed to horrendous experiences which can stay locked up within the confines of our minds and seldom shared or spoken about with others.

“By undertaking this walk, I’m hoping to help to tackle the stigma around mental health issues and promote the service that Mind offers to our extended emergency service family, as well as the service they provide to the public.”

If you would like to support Tyrone’s walk, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tyrone-powell-00

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