Leicestershire cricket star Matthew Boyce takes a hike for Mind
Posted Friday 12 October 2012
Matt, a keen walker, was inspired to take on the John O’Groats to Lands End challenge in aid of Mind and the Professional Cricketers’ Association after the tragic deaths of fellow sportsmen Gary Speed and Peter Roebuck.
Matt Boyce said: After Gary and Peter died, there was so much coverage in the media and I was really shocked about how little people seemed to know about depression and its prevalence in professional sport. In cricket, I have become more and more aware of colleagues and fellow competitors trying to cope with depression or mental health issues. That’s why I decided to speak out for fellow sportsmen and do something really challenging to raise awareness of mental health issues, and raise some money at the same time.
I’m encouraging people across the UK to support my 60 day walk. Any donation, big or small, will make a huge difference to the lives of those affected by mental health issues.
Caroline Corr, Head of Public Fundraising at Mind said: The determination Matt has shown is a real inspiration. We are incredibly grateful for his support in raising both awareness, and vital funds, for Mind and the 1 in 4 people who experience mental health problems every year.
As more professional sports players like Matt start speaking openly about mental wellbeing, we get ever closer to stamping out the stigma that sadly still surrounds mental health problems, and ensuring those who need it get necessary help and support at the right time.
Follow Matt's adventures on Twitter at @Boycey85 .