26th November 2020
26th November 2020
Our Partner Phil Masters and Trainee Solicitor Josh Fraser from our Dispute Resolution team, along with around 30 others, set themselves a challenge to walk 60km in one day. The walk was to raise awareness for men’s mental health, as globally, on average, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day.
Josh, who also studies at Northumbria University, said “It’s been really great to be able to get involved in raising awareness and money for such a pertinent cause.
For too long there’s been a stigma surrounding men and mental health. Hopefully our walk and the wider context behind it can go some way to showing that it’s good to talk openly about our issues and that mental health can affect anyone.”
On 21 November, the boys went above and beyond their proposed challenge and after 15 solid hours had walked over 64km. The “Darlo Lads” JustGiving page that originally aimed to raise £1,000 for Movember exceeded their target raising over £11,700 for the leading charity. Movember aim to change the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Phil and Josh raised approximately £1,200 of the £11,700 and and would like to thank everyone who donated, in particular the members of Trinity Chambers for their generosity.
Phil, who was recently made a partner at BHP, said, “I joined in on the challenge in the hope of raising awareness of men’s mental health issues.
Suicide and ‘injury or poisoning of undetermined intent’ is the leading cause of death of men in the UK in my age group. It is all too common that men in particular bottle things up and don’t share their problems.
If the wider group has encouraged local people to talk and share their problems then, for me, the blisters, pain and worn out boots will have been all worth it.”
BHP Law would like to say a huge well done to Phil, Josh and all who took part in the walk and for raising awareness for such a worthy cause.
You can still donate to the Darlo Lads JustGiving page via the link below: