A BRAVE Oxfordshire man will be taking on a gruelling hiking, cycling and running challenge with the aim of helping to raise £250,000 so people don’t ‘suffer in silence’.
Barrie Jackson from Goring Heath will be hiking the 978 metres of Scafell Pike, cycling 100 miles and completing a half marathon over the course of four days in September for Mental Health UK.
He and 60 other colleagues from the Lloyds Banking group will be testing their resolve through the Fourtitude challenge. The name was chosen to reflect that one in four people experience mental health problems.
The demanding challenge is in aid of Lloyds Banking Group’s partnership with Mental Health UK which aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems. Barrie, 48, said: “I have taken part in similar challenges in the past but nothing quite this gruelling.
“The extra motivation of raising money for Mental Health UK will be a big factor in helping me through it.”
The 60 fearless Fourtituders will set off in four teams, one from each of the home nations, and will ascend the highest mountain in their respective countries on the first two days.
On day three, they will join together to take part in ‘the long road’ cycling challenge, which consists of 100 miles cycling across hilly Peak District roads.
On day four, participants will set off before dawn to take part in the Out of the Dark challenge, consisting of a half marathon along the Birmingham canal towpaths.
Fiona Cannon, responsible business and inclusion director at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “It’s great to see so many colleagues taking part in the Fourtitude Challenge with determination, stamina and positivity and I wish them the best of luck on what I know will be a tough physical and mental challenge.”
Brian Dow, managing director of Mental Health UK, added: “I can only imagine how hard it will be to complete the full challenge, and on behalf of Mental Health UK, I want to say a huge thank you to all involved.”
To sponsor Barrie go to to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barrie-jackson