Walk and talk raises more than £7,500 for Charlie Watkins Foundation’s mental health work

Harry and Charlie Watkins. Picture: CONTRIBUTED BY HARRY WATKINS

Harry and Charlie Watkins. Picture: CONTRIBUTED BY HARRY WATKINS - Credit: CONTRIBUTED BY HARRY WATKINS

More than 250 fundraisers shared a six-mile walk around the Essex countryside in aid of the Charlie Watkins Foundation.

Fundraisers gather for a walk and talk event in Stoke-by-Nayland for the Charlie Watkins Foundation.

Fundraisers gather for a walk and talk event in Stoke-by-Nayland for the Charlie Watkins Foundation. Picture: PROMINENT PR - Credit: PROMINENT PR

The organisation was set up by Harry Watkins in memory of his twin brother Charlie after he took his own life in March 2017 at the age of just 22.

The walk and talk event, which took place on Saturday, started and finished at The Crown in Stoke-by-Nayland, and brought in more than £7,500 for the foundation.

Harry said: “The amount of support we have received has been incredible. This walk and talk event became full very quickly, and the turnout is humbling to see.

“All the donations from this walk will be funnelled into providing awareness surrounding mental health and helping those in need.”

Fundraisers gather for a walk and talk event in Stoke-by-Nayland for the Charlie Watkins Foundation.

Fundraisers gather for a walk and talk event in Stoke-by-Nayland for the Charlie Watkins Foundation. Picture: PROMINENT PR - Credit: PROMINENT PR

The Charlie Watkins Foundation aims to raise funds towards improving mental health support for young people, especially men.

The organisation has helped to set up the Chat with Charlie online support forum for students at the University of Essex.

The next event supporting the foundation will be a Fighting for Charity boxing night in London in May.

Charlie grew up in Higham, near Colchester.

Harry Watkins welcoming people to the walk and talk event in aid of the Charlie Watkins Foundation.

Harry Watkins welcoming people to the walk and talk event in aid of the Charlie Watkins Foundation. Picture: PROMINENT PR - Credit: PROMINENT PR


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