Walking out of Darkness for CLASP Charity

What seems like an age ago now, I signed up for a charity walk. It was for CLASP who “raise awareness & support for those suffering the stigma surrounding mental illness & increase suicide prevention.

Unfortunately they had to postpone the walk (from July to October), and resurrect it in a slightly different guise (no longer a night walk). The importance of it didn’t change. Mental health related issues and the stigma that goes with them affect an enormous amount of people, including those that I love. So yesterday, my friend Alice and I walked around London to raise money for CLASP.

You can still donate here. I am so grateful to everyone who donated, and to Alice for deciding to join me. We had an amazing day, some incredible people got up and spoke at the beginning, the weather stayed sunny for the most part.

Ready to go with my CLASP jacket. Covered in glitter, which you cannot see here...

Ready to go with my CLASP jacket. Covered in glitter, which you cannot see here…

Alice & me, awaiting "go".

Alice & me, awaiting “go”.

The walk took us past a lot of iconic landmarks, which was nice even though I see a lot of them frequently.

The walk took us past a lot of iconic landmarks, which was lovely.

The clouds were brilliant, and luckily only rained a tiny bit later on!

The clouds were brilliant, and luckily only rained a tiny bit later on!

Battersea Bridge

I had my London themed umbrella, all was well!

I had my London themed umbrella, all was well!

Fuck the State

Our last rest before the home stretch!

Our last rest before the home stretch!

The London Eye

We got free donuts at the end. Anything that ends with free donuts is alright in my book!

We got free donuts at the end. Anything that ends with free donuts is alright in my book!

We had tea at Bills in Wellington Street. It meant more walking, but it was worth it! I love how they make their macaroni cheese seasonal (this had butternut squash and pumpkin seeds)—delicious!

We had tea at Bills in Wellington Street. It meant more walking, but it was worth it! I love how they make their macaroni cheese seasonal (this had butternut squash and pumpkin seeds)—delicious!

My fitbit was on 29039 steps when I got home. I felt like I had to make it to 30k so walked round the park. My legs were operating independent of my brain by this point.

My fitbit was on 29039 steps when I got home. I felt like I had to make it to 30k so walked round the park. My legs were operating independent of my brain by this point.

For anyone curious, my Fitbit stats for the day are below. I have no idea if I’ll ever get that many steps again. I’ve had the Fitbit since last July and the most I’d done was 22k.

fitbit-stats

I’m a bit tired, but otherwise ok today. I am interested in doing the 25 mile night walk if they can pull it off next year. I think it’s such an important cause and it gets nowhere near enough funding. Thanks again donors!