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David's long walk for men's mental health

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's deputy CEO David Dunwell, who will be undertaking 'A Lap of Lancashire' next week in aid of the charity's new mental health awareness project

31 May 2019

It's only a short countdown until the start of a very long walk for Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's deputy CEO David Dunwell, who will be undertaking 'A Lap of Lancashire' next week in aid of the charity's new mental health awareness project.

From Monday 3rd June to Friday 7th June, he'll be visiting the county's six other EFL and Premier League clubs, starting and finishing at Ewood Park and camping each night along the way.

The valuable cause that he'll be supporting will be to help us get a new concept off the ground that supports middle-aged men who suffer from the stresses that day-to-day life can create. It will provide them with a weekly opportunity to get active and socialise with like-minded people, offering additional support to those in need.

Depending on the route he takes, David's walk will end up being somewhere in the region of 108 to 120 miles over five days. Speaking about why he is doing it, he explained:

"I, like many others, have had close friends and family whose lives have been turned upside down as a result of poor mental health and I wanted to raise funds to deliver a project to support similar people in need.

"The aim is also to raise awareness, so over the five day trek I will be visiting all of the EFL Football Clubs in Lancashire, in the hope that the football community will back the cause.

"To replicate the loneliness that many with mental health problems face, I will largely be doing this alone and camping in the great outdoors en route.

"In the 50 days leading up to the event, I have clocked up around 500 training miles to prepare my legs, which is hopefully due a donation in itself!"

David's outline route is likely to consist of the following daily walks (with the clubs he visits in bold)...

Monday: Ewood Park to Clitheroe via Accrington Stanley and Burnley

Tuesday: Clitheroe to Forest of Bowland

Wednesday: Forest of Bowland to Garstang via Morecambe

Thursday: Garstang to Fylde coast via Fleetwood Town and Blackpool

Friday: Fylde coast to Ewood Park via Preston North End

If you're up early on Saturday morning, tune in to BBC Radio Lancashire from 7.20am when David will be live in their Blackburn studio to talk about the big task in front of him.

If you can support his cause as a sponsor, he is still on the lookout for any individuals or organisations who can kindly back his efforts. Please email jess.clegg@brfctrust.co.uk if you're able to make a sponsorship offer or visit his JustGiving page if you'd like to make a regular donation.


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