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On Sunday 30th July, 15 members of staff completed a 13.5 mile walk for charity in memory of a dear friend and colleague, Roger. The team at The Chelmsford made their way around Mersea Island to raise funds for the charity CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) under the Heads Together campaign which is led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to raise awareness of mental health issues. CALM is an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. The charity offers support to men in the UK of any age offering them the help they need.
The team set off on their Island trek at 9:45 am from East Mersea circumnavigating their way north across The Strood before high tide.
The first half of their walk took the team across picturesque country side with views of Brightlingsea. The team were accompanied by a couple of four legged friends whom tried to stir up some trouble with the locals, the cows stood their ground to much surprise of Mesco.
There were lots of smiles along the way…
The team reached their half-way point at around 12:10 for a well needed cuppa and rest. The Blackwater Pearl, on West Mersea, was a great place to refuel and re-energise ready for the second half. They then started to attract attention from the locals, asking what they were up to which was lovely to see.
The start second half of the walk, much to everyone’s excitement being the shortest half, took them along the coastal road past beautiful houses, eateries and fishing boats. The team then made it to the beach, not before wading through some soggy marshland, to take in the sights of the ocean and Bradwell-on-Sea. Though the scenery may have been sunshine and sandy beaches, the walk took a turn from stress-free footpaths to sinking sand and pebbles. The team pushed through the sand to be greeted by more locals asking of their campaign and the walk they had been on. The Chelmsford team then caught the sight of the beautifully coloured and famous Mersea Beach Huts in an array of pastel shades. Understandably this was a great opportunity for a group photo, made even more perfect after discovering one to be called ‘Memories’ a fitting tribute to Roger.
After the collection of stunning beach huts, the team made it to the point where the sea wall had eroded and their path was to veer off onto footpaths along the road. However, the team had other ideas and decided to go off course and follow the beach, and what was left of the path, towards their finishing point.
Their adventurous excursion saw cliff hangers and eroded pathways, however they powered through and had fun doing so, of course taking lots of selfies along the way.
They saw the end of their walk coming closer and eventually finished as a whole group at Cudmore Country Park to be greeted by friends and family. The team finished their adventurous Island trek in a time of 4 ½ hours with a team picnic and a victorious glass of bubbles.
Well done to everyone who took part in the amazing event which has not only raised an amazing £1500 and counting for CALM, but we hope has also raised awareness of the issues out there that need tackling.