Wincanton’s march for mental health

The footsore but determined Wincanton team

A sprained ankle and a busted walking boot didn’t stop an intrepid team from transport and logistics firm Wincanton trekking 14 miles to raise money for BLG Mind on Saturday 23 April.

Dan Oxenham, Transport Team Manager at the Thameside depot, and his colleagues set themselves the challenge of walking from Oxted to Otford along the North Downs Way. The trek took them around seven hours.

Dan said: “Most of us were walking wounded by the end, including a rolled ankle and soleless boot, but we made it.

“Some of the guys were hobbling their way to the end completely exhausted, and at the same time asking me when I’m organising the next one.”

It was the fourth Walk and Talk the team has organised. Dan, a qualified Mental Health First Aider, says staff find the walks hugely beneficial to their mental wellbeing.  

“A few of the guys here have struggled with their mental health and the walks really help them. It gives them an outlet to talk. After we did our last big walk, I received texts and emails almost immediately saying ‘You don’t know how much that has helped me out’.”

Some photos from the walk, including the busted boot.

Wincanton Thameside are regular supporters of BLG Mind. On 1 April, Dan and his colleague Dominic Reid braved freezing baths and electric shocks as part of a Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for our mental health services.

Tough Mudders: Dan, left, and Dom after completing the event

Dan said: “It was snowing and we were wearing shorts and T-shirts. The arctic bath plunge was probably the worst bit, and then Dom got an electric shock when he hit the wires at the end.”

The Wincanton team are always ready to support a colleague who is struggling with their mental health.

Dan said: “If someone comes to me for help I stop everything I’m doing in the office to help them. It doesn’t matter if it’s for one hour or two hours, if someone needs me, I’m there for them.”

If you would like to support Wincanton Thameside’s fundraising efforts, head to their JustGiving page.

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