Cousins tackle the entire Cornish coast to raise money for Mental Health UK

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Cousins tackle the entire Cornish coast to raise money for Mental Health UK

Published at 1:12am 23rd July 2020. (Updated at 8:29pm 23rd July 2020)

Jamie and Jason are tackling a 400 mile challenge from Bude all the way round to Rame Head to raise as much money as possible for Mental Health UK.

The fundraising mission began at Bude on the 6th of July and the pair have already made great progress, reaching Lands End on the 22nd of July.

The two estimate this non-stop challenge will take between 40-50 days, including any necessary rest days for injuries etc, aiming to complete a minimum of 10 miles a day. 

They will be mainly camping throughout, with a few stops at some local B&Bs to get a good night's sleep and a shower!

Across this challenge, they've already learnt the importance of dry socks and the moral boasting impact of something as simple as a bar of chocolate. 

However, the aim of this epic challenge isn't just to raise money. Jamie and Rob also hope that raising awareness of mental health, will help others currently struggling. 

"We decided to support Mental Health UK because its very close to our hearts. Myself and my cousin have both suffered with depression and anxiety through stages of our lives and we have many friends in the same situation. Especially with the Covid situation now, with everyone stuck at home.

Another factor is the masculinity of mental health. Men don't speak about it very easily so we wanted to raise awareness in the hope someone out there is able to get help from it."

Jamie Sweet

Jamie has been keeping everyone up to date on their progress with daily posts to social media pages set up specially for the challenge.

The daily videos have shone a light on the highs and lows of their progress so far, which has seen them survive various different weather conditions and challenges. 

Having already completed the North coast, Jamie and Jason have already tackled a variety of Cornish terrain.

On his favourite part of the challenge so far, Jamie told us "Each part of the Cornish coast is uniquely amazing. If I was to pick one, it would be Tintagel to St Isaac, where the sunsets are magnificent."

"Hardest part of the challenge has been Bude to Crackington - very very steep. It's 50m to 165m at points and a 60 degree gradient. I'd very much advise to stick to the coast path, the path itself, and do not deviate up vertical fields!"

The pair managed to hit their £1000 target quickly and are now trying to double that, continuing to try to raise as much as they can for the charity with each contribution an inspiration to keep going.

Jamie told us "It really does give us loads of encouragement and raises moral every day. When we sit down in the evening and see that there's so much support out there and so much money being raised, we just think to ourselves, 'well, we can do this again tomorrow, even if we're feeling half broken'."

Having now completed over two weeks of the challenge, Jamie and Jason would advise anyone planning to tackle something similar to do lots of research before beginning. They also stress the importance of thinking carefully about every item you take with you, to not end up carrying excess weight.

Jamie and Jason are now embarking on the south coast and you can keep up to date with their progress on their dedicated Facebook page and Instagram account.  

If you'd like to support, or donate to, Jamie and Rob who are currently smashing their challenge, you can do so via their facebook page, here.

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