On April 26th I’m aiming to raise awareness of mental health in our area and raise funds for Mind Lancashire by completing the Blackpool Marathon whilst carrying this backpack which will be filled with 50lbs of Blackpool sand.

Why would I do such a painful challenge?

I wanted to choose a challenge that gave some context to the mental suffering that many people go through every day. The 50lb backpack will weigh heavy on my back and it will be a challenge to put one foot in front of the other, the straps will permanently dig into my shoulders leaving blisters and I will feel the after effects for days after, but I will recover. There will be times when I will feel like quitting but I will cross that finish line.

With every step of this marathon I'll be thinking about those close to me past and present and hope the money I raise will go some way to helping Mind Lancashire continue their good work.

My Just giving page if you would like to donate is: justgiving.com/fundraising/blackdogblackpoolchallenge

Thanks for your support

Tony X