Jacob launched his brand Matey Clothing in 2022, with the aim of using it to start mental health conversations through clothing. Having struggled with his mental health from a young age, Jacob knows how incredibly important it is to have those conversations and to work on breaking the stigma that surrounds mental health struggles. This year, the Matey team took on the UK 3 Peaks challenge for Shout. Jacob tells us all about it here.
Being a huge advocate for mental health, I wanted to take on a monumental challenge that would help spread the word about how common mental health struggles are and show others that things can get better.
I decided to take on the 3 Peaks Challenge to not only help others but to also push my own mental barriers I had made for myself a long time ago.
My team were on board to join the challenge straight away - I couldn’t be happier and prouder to have them by my side, especially while taking on a challenge like the 3 Peaks. As a team, we were able to motivate each other during the training and fundraising period and when one of us felt unsure or had doubts, we made sure to push each other forward. Meeting up was really helpful, not only to train together but to just be together as a team. I feel that made the biggest difference to our morale throughout.
Our original target was £2,000. We hit that target very quickly with help from a very generous company, Orange Aero. The team and I personally know people from within the company - we shared our plans and motivation for taking on such a challenge and on that same day we received multiple donations from them.
I would advise other companies taking on a similar challenge to network - you never know where it might lead. In total, we raised an incredible £3,197 for Shout. The team and I are so grateful for everyone who supported us and donated to the cause.
Some highlights from the experience were the fantastic views we witnessed climbing each mountain. The team we joined bonded and grew stronger with each mountain we climbed, which was amazing. The unity we all felt was incredible and finishing the 3 Peaks was an immense feeling.
The best thing to come out of this experience was the amount of awareness raised for Shout. I’d advise other organisations who might be considering fundraising for Shout to just go for it - commit yourself to achieving something amazing with your colleagues. Embrace every moment and enjoy the ride.
There were a lot of ups and downs during the journey, but each step was helping break the stigma around mental health, while improving ourselves physically and mentally. Shout couldn’t have been more supportive during our journey and their service is truly commendable.
I couldn’t be happier that we fundraised for Shout, and I can’t wait for the next challenge to come!