A local resident from Linthwaite is taking on a huge month-long fundraising challenge to raise vital funds for Samaritans UK.
Dave Kennedy from Linthwaite is aiming to walk 500,000 steps during the month of March for the charity which he says provided help and support to him during his time of need.
Speaking to Huddersfield Times, Dave told us that he has struggled in the past with both addiction and mental health issues – “I’ve chosen to support the Samaritans this month because I have been in desperate situations myself in the past, mainly due to mental health issues and addiction. Now, thankfully, myself and my life are in a better place and I am able to give something back to the people who once helped and supported me.”
Since turning his life around, Dave has founded a number of projects and initiatives across Huddersfield which focus on providing help and support to those in need. Over the last year, he has completed a number of other fundraising activities and has raised over £2,000 to help a number of other charities including Simon On The Streets, Centrepoint and Stamp Out Suicide.
As we publish this article, Dave is completing his first day of the 500,000 step challenge by walking the entire 21km Colne Valley Circular. We will catch up with Dave later in the month to see how he is doing and everyone at Huddersfield Times wishes him the best of luck!
For details of how you can donate to his challenge, visit www.facebook.com/donate/862813664280431/.