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04 March 2022

Ian’s epic fundraising challenge: Walking to the Qatar World Cup

Fresh off completing his million steps challenge, which saw him raise £12,075 for Shout, Cambridge United Stadium Manager Ian is now taking things one 'step' further.

His colleague, and Manager of Cambridge United, Mark Bonner, has set Ian the challenge of walking the equivalent distance from London to Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup - that’s a staggering 3,229 nautical miles or close to 6 million steps for Ian - with the aim of raising an incredible £50,000 for Shout.

Visit Ian’s fundraising page to find out more.

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Having personally experienced depression and PTSD, and after losing a friend to suicide, Ian is eager to continue raising awareness of mental health and money for Shout.

Ian said:

“After hitting rock bottom some years ago, I am now thankfully in a much better place and have come through one of the most challenging periods in my life. It is so important to discuss our mental health and to not allow each other to suffer in silence - like I did - which is why I now want to keep the conversation and the fundraising going.

"The statistics surrounding depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm and suicide are absolutely frightening. We still have such a long way to go, which is why I would implore everyone who can to play their part and make a donation. The Million Steps challenge was a real challenge, but also a very humbling experience and I expect nothing less this time around."

Our CEO, Victoria Hornby, wished Ian luck and thanked him for the difference the money he will raise from the challenge will make to people's lives:

"We are incredibly grateful to Ian for undertaking such an epic fundraising challenge for Shout by walking to the Qatar World Cup. Every day, we are currently taking 2,400 conversations with children and adults across the UK who are struggling to cope with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness and much more. Every penny raised will enable us to take conversations that could save lives. Thank you Ian and good luck, I can’t wait to join you somewhere along the way!”

Thank you Ian and good luck from everyone at Shout! 💙

Can you help Ian reach his target? Find out more by visiting his fundraising page.

With special thanks to Cambridge United for their continued support. We are Cambridge United’s mental health partner.