Leo Street, a 12-year-old Scout from Bromley, has taken on the extraordinary challenge of sleeping outside in his hammock for a whole year in order to raise money for Shout 85258.
He was inspired to fundraise for the Shout text support service because he noticed more people struggling with their mental health in the past year due to the pandemic. Leo said: “I know how hard I was finding it not seeing family and friends, so I knew a lot of people would be finding it hard too.”
Leo chose to support Shout because he felt his age group “would find it easier texting rather than talking to someone if they need help” and it was a comfort knowing that Shout’s volunteers are “only a text away to help” if you’re struggling to cope.
He said, “I hope that through my efforts I will bring happiness to those that are struggling with the difficult times.”
Since we launched, Shout has taken nearly 650,000 conversations with people across the UK who are struggling to cope and need in the moment support. Our trained volunteers are there to support people with issues such as anxiety, loneliness, suicide, depression, relationship problems and many more. All donations to Leo’s fundraiser will help us be a lifeline to more people across the UK who are struggling with their mental health.
Watch Leo’s video about his fundraiser here:
Leo received a special message from Dr Alex George: