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Smiling through the rain

But it was a major logistical effort to organise the event, supporters were serving breakfast, laying on a big lunch, meeting us en route and quite a few planned to join the epic trek. We didn’t want to let everyone down, so we pressed on.  

And what a treat we would have missed if we had cancelled. The day was filled with joy and laughter, even if our bodies were feeling it by the end – everyone who came wouldn’t be sorry. 

The brilliant thing about working for Dorset Mind is the amazing people you meet. Ordinary people prepared to do extraordinary things to raise money for our charity.   

They, along with our staff, volunteers, trustees, patrons, and ambassadors, are the lifeblood of the charity and without them we wouldn’t exist – depriving thousands of people of life-saving support.   

Sadly, most of us will battle with our mental health during our lives and that is why it is a cause that resonates with so many.  

It was such fun relaxing (sort of) with colleagues and friends, but the best part of the day was meeting new people, some of whom were supporting us for the first time. It was wonderful to meet them, laugh as the next squall hit us hard and share the relief of crossing the finishing line in the gloom after 10 hours on foot.   

I hope the Big Walk becomes an annual event; we’ve learned a lot of lessons from the first two years, so next year, weather permitting, it should be perfect.  

It’s not too late to donate or join us for one of our many challenges through the coming year – we’d love to see you… there might even be cake.

Support for you – or a friend…

If you or someone you know is having a hard time and struggling with their mental health, there are organisations on hand to listen, day or night.

These contacts are open 24/7:

  • Call Connection – Dorset’s NHS mental health helpline – NHS 111
  • Call Samaritans – on-hand to help, however big or small the problem – 116 123
  • Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 for confidential support via text message

For additional resources visit our crisis page here.

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Dorset Mind is a self-funded local charity that helps people in Dorset experiencing mental health problems access the vital support they need. The charity is at the very heart of our communities shaping futures, changing and in some cases literally saving lives.

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