North Norfolk MP walks out of the darkness

Norman Lamb with volunteers on the CLASP sponsored walk

Norman Lamb with volunteers on the CLASP sponsored walk - Credit: Submitted

A politician campaigning to end the stigma surrounding mental illness led by example with a sponsored walk for charity.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb raised over £3,500 during a 10 mile event, entitled Walking Out Of Darkness, through London during Mental Health Awareness Week in May.

And this week, to celebrate, he handed over a cheque to Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) in Norwich.

The former health minister has also raised money for the Holt Youth Project and he revealed it could help them launch a new youth hub in Cromer.

Mr Lamb said: 'Each person doing the sponsored walk could raise funds for mental health charities of their choice and I decided that these two brilliant charities in Norfolk deserved my support as they do incredible work.

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'The Holt Youth Project is an award winning project which runs preventative programmes that allow young people to reach their full potential and meet their own aspirations, whilst MAP provides vital support to so many young people and I know that they are keen to invest more money in a youth hub in Cromer.

'Every pound raised will really help as both charities do great things for young people in our area and they rely on the generosity of local people.'

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He added: 'I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me and to all those who took part in the walk.'

The sponsored walk was organised by Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention Charity (CLASP Charity).

Starting and finishing in Battersea Park walkers took in several of London's iconic landmarks including the London Eye, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard.

Dan Mobbs, CEO of MAP, said: 'It's great to see Norman showing his support for young people. We really appreciate how willing he is to promote our work with young people's mental health, so that young people can access expert help early on, preventing unnecessary distress and crisis.'

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